Martin Prado diagnosed with staph infection, placed on DL

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Martin Prado has been out of the Braves’ lineup since being struck on the left knee by a throw while trying to steal second base Tuesday and today the Braves placed him on the disabled list … with a staph infection … in his other leg.

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Prado has been diagnosed with a staph infection in his right calf and underwent a procedure to “clean out” the infection today in Atlanta.

Eric Hinske has been subbing for Prado in left field, but the DL stint also means the Braves won’t be able to use Prado in place of Chipper Jones at third base, which he’s done nine times already. And obviously the bigger concern is the severity of the staph infection, which can potentially be very serious.

Prado, who made his first All-Star team last season and hit .307 with an .809 OPS, has batted just .277 with a .761 OPS this year for the lowest mark of his career.

Mariners sign Wade LeBlanc to a one-year deal

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The Mariners signed free agent left-hander Wade LeBlanc to a one-year deal, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported Saturday. LeBlanc previously signed a minor league agreement with the Yankees, but later requested his release following the team’s Grapefruit League outing on Friday. The Mariners have yet to confirm the deal or disclose its terms.

This is LeBlanc’s second stint with the Mariners in two years. He was initially acquired by Seattle in the summer of 2016 after the Blue Jays traded him for cash considerations, and produced a 4.50 ERA, 1.6 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 in 50 innings before getting designated for assignment in August. The 33-year-old southpaw was last seen in the majors with the Pirates, with whom he generated another 4.50 ERA, 2,3 BB/9 and 7.1 SO/9 over 68 innings in 2017. He entered free agency after the club declined his $1.25 million option for 2018.

The signing comes at a fortuitous moment for the Mariners, who were pressed to find additional bullpen depth after right-handed reliever David Phelps tore his ulnar collateral ligament last week. As with most injuries of that kind, Phelps is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire 2018 season. LeBlanc made a full transition to the bullpen in 2017 and boasts the kind of reverse platoon splits (.216/.270/.389 vs. righties and .292/.333/.500 vs. lefties in 2017) that will make him an effective replacement for the right-handed Phelps.