Braves outfielder Martin Prado was struck on the side of his left knee with a throw while attempting to steal second base on Tuesday night against the Marlins. He was still feeling it Wednesday.
Prado plays hurt often and typically tries to talk his way into the Braves’ batting order no matter what’s ailing him. But he gave no such fight on Wednesday afternoon, according to MLB.com beat writer Mark Bowman, and that was a strong enough signal to manager Fredi Gonzalez that the left fielder is still dealing with a good amount of discomfort.
“Usually, he’ll come in [to the manager’s office] and say I’m playing, I’m playing. But he didn’t come in today,” Gonzalez told Bowman. “With guys like that, that’s a pretty good indicator.”
Prado is hoping to fell well enough to play in Thursday’s series finale at Sun Life Stadium. The converted infielder is batting .277/.324/.438 this season with eight homers and 33 RBI in 279 plate appearances.
The story of the Indians postseason cannot be told without talking about injuries to starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. They have forced Terry Francona to lean even harder on his bullpen than he otherwise may have and have cause the Indians to press rookie Ryan Merritt into service.
But Cleveland will be getting at least one of their starters back: Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway that Danny Salazar will be part of the World Series roster.
Salazar has not pitched since early September due to a strained right flexor muscle, but according to Callaway, Salazar is ready to throw 65-70 pitches in a game. That could mean a start, probably in Game 4 after Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin. Merritt was a possible Game 4 starter, but he could either pair up with Salazar in a tandem start or serve in long relief.
Cubs’ left fielder Kyle Schwarber missed virtually the entire 2016 season due to torn knee ligaments, but he has been working his way back to health more quickly than initially expected. Indeed, he has been playing for the Cubs in the Arizona Fall League, serving as a DH. Many have speculated that the Cubs will activate him for the World Series.
Today, at his World Series media session, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that reports from Arizona are good on Schwarber and that the he will fly to Cleveland to join the team after tonight’s game in Arizona. Maddon says the team will make a decision on activating him once he arrives. The Cubs have until tomorrow morning to set their World Series roster.
Our guess is that Schwarber will get the call and will serve as the DH for the Cubs in Games 1, 2 and, if necessary, 6 and 7 in Cleveland. If so, a lost season could very quickly turn into a storybook season for the Cubs’ young slugger.