Rockies offer Seth Smith to Braves for Martin Prado

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Earlier this month Colorado was said to be talking to Atlanta about infielder Martin Prado and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies offered outfielder Seth Smith.

Detroit reportedly offered Delmon Young for Prado and got turned down, so it seems pretty clear that Atlanta is shopping Prado for outfield help and holding out for a strong return.

According to Renck, if the Rockies end up keeping Smith they’d look to sign free agent Jonny Gomes as a platoon partner. Smith has hit just .202 with a .588 OPS versus left-handed pitching. He’s also been mediocre away from Coors Field, batting .258 with a .750 OPS on the road for his career, which no doubt plays into the Braves’ reluctance.

Dallas Keuchel to return to Astros’ rotation on Friday

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Astros manager A.J. Hinch told the media, including MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, that starter Dallas Keuchel will come off of the disabled list and rejoin the rotation on Friday against the Tigers. Keuchel has missed nearly two months with a neck injury.

Prior to landing on the DL, Keuchel was 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA and a 69/18 K/BB ratio over 75 2/3 innings. He seemed to be on his way to potentially win another Cy Young Award.

Hinch also noted that Collin McHugh will start on Saturday and Lance McCullers will start on Sunday.

Video: Ketel Marte hits an inside-the-park home run

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Braves starter Aaron Blair had a nightmarish bottom of the third inning on Wednesday afternoon against the Diamondbacks. He had just given up a run on a Daniel Descalso triple hit to center field that center fielder Ender Inciarte read poorly. In the following at-bat, Ketel Marte laced a curve ball to right field. Sean Rodriguez wasn’t able to get to it in time, so the ball bounced off the fence and caromed back towards the stands along the right field line. By the time Rodriguez was able to retrieve the ball, Marte was already on his way home and scored standing up.

The inside-the-park homer will certainly provide a boost to Marte’s stats. He entered Wednesday’s action batting .196/.255/.370 in 51 plate appearances.