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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.

Rangers sign Josh Hamilton to a minor league deal

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The Texas Rangers have signed Josh Hamilton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Not at all surprising. The Rangers released Hamilton last August, but that was simply to make some room on the 40-man roster. His season was already toast due to the surgery he underwent to repair lateral and meniscus cartilage in his left knee which had the added bonus of revealing that he had an ACL injury as well, which required reconstruction. At the time of his release both he and the Rangers made noises about him coming back on a minor league deal in 2017.

Hamilton turns 36 in May. The smart money has it that his big league career is over, but Hamilton would be silly to retire given that he is owed $30 million this coming season. That the Angels are paying $26.41 million of that makes it far less painful for the Rangers as well. If he can hit in the spring, hey, let him DH some and pay him low money. If not, no skin off of anyone’s nose. He can request a release on April 1 if he hasn’t made the big league roster.

A-Rod to host a reality show featuring broke ex-athletes

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Alex Rodriguez’s transition into retirement has featured a serious move into the business world. He has gone back to school, worked seriously on investments and has started his own corporation. Yes, he’s set for life after making more money than any baseball player in history, but even if his bank account wasn’t fat, you get the sense that he’d be OK given what we’ve seen of his work ethic and savvy in recent years.

He’s going to be getting another paycheck soon, though. For hosting a reality show featuring athletes who are not in as good a financial shape as A-Rod is:

Interesting. Hopefully, like so many other reality shows featuring the formerly rich and famous, this one is not exploitative. Not gonna hold my breath because that’s what that genre is all about, unfortunately, but here’s hoping A-Rod can help some folks with this.