Braves place Martin Prado on the disabled list

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Martin Prado was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right pinky finger Monday, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Prado injured the finger while sliding to score a run in the 10th inning of last Friday’s win over the Reds. The Braves originally hoped that he would be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list and return within 7-10 days, however Braves manager Bobby Cox ultimately decided against playing short-handed.

“If he can play in three or four days it would be great,” Cox said
before the meeting with Prado. “I don’t know if we can go 10 days being
short.”

Prado underwent additional X-rays Monday which showed a piece of bone on the tendon is causing pain.

“They’re waiting for the swelling to go down to see how the tendon will
react,” said Prado, who added he won’t wear a cast so he can ice the
finger every 45 minutes. “Then they’ll probably put the bat in my hands
to see how it feels.  It’s hard for me to be sitting around not doing
anything.  I have to be doing something and this injury is not going to
stop me from doing my work.”

Diory Hernandez was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding roster move, however super-sub All-Star Omar Infante will fill in at second base in the interim.

Rays’ Díaz gets $24 million, three-year deal, avoids arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract on Tuesday that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz’s agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.

The 31-year old will receive $6 million this season, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million for 2025. The 2026 club is $12 million with no buyout. There is a $1 million assignment bonus that would be payable by receiving team.

Díaz has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with Cleveland (2017-18) and Tampa Bay (2019-22). He has a career average of .278 with 39 home runs and 198 RBIs.

Acquired by the Rays in a three-team trade on Dec. 13, 2018, Díaz hit .296 with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 137 games last season, He career highs with 71 runs, 140 hits, 33 doubles, and 78 walks.

Díaz was the third Rays’ arbitration-eligible player to reach a deal.

Reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed Friday to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs also agreed last week to a $31 million, four-year contract that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

The 30-year-old began last season in the bullpen and transitioned to the starting rotation in May and finished 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, and outfielder Harold Ramírez.