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.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.