Quick, somebody check on Craig, because the road just got much tougher for the Braves.
The team announced his evening that Martin Prado will miss the remainder of the 2010 season, including a potential playoff run, after an MRI revealed a hip pointer and a torn oblique muscle. He will need two months of rest in order to rehab the injuries.
Prado suffered the initial injury while attempting to make a diving catch in the fourth inning last night, though he didn’t end up leaving the game until an awkward swing in the fifth inning. It’s fair to say that the oblique injury may have stemmed from the latter. Bobby Cox said last night that Prado would likely be out “for a while,” but this is just about the worst news possible.
The Braves are still in pretty decent shape for the Wild Card, but this obviously isn’t the way they drew it up. Instead of Chipper Jones at third and Martin Prado at second base, they will now have to forge ahead with Brooks Conrad and Omar Infante.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.