Quick, somebody check on Craig, because the road just got much tougher for the Braves.
The team announced his evening that Martin Prado will miss the remainder of the 2010 season, including a potential playoff run, after an MRI revealed a hip pointer and a torn oblique muscle. He will need two months of rest in order to rehab the injuries.
Prado suffered the initial injury while attempting to make a diving catch in the fourth inning last night, though he didn’t end up leaving the game until an awkward swing in the fifth inning. It’s fair to say that the oblique injury may have stemmed from the latter. Bobby Cox said last night that Prado would likely be out “for a while,” but this is just about the worst news possible.
The Braves are still in pretty decent shape for the Wild Card, but this obviously isn’t the way they drew it up. Instead of Chipper Jones at third and Martin Prado at second base, they will now have to forge ahead with Brooks Conrad and Omar Infante.
The Cardinals have selected right-hander Miles Mikolas as their Opening Day starter, the club revealed Saturday. It’ll mark the first career Opening Day start for Mikolas, who is scheduled to go up against the Brewers when the team hits the road on March 28.
The 29-year-old righty was a strong contender for the 2018 NL Cy Young Award, earning All-Star distinctions and pitching to a career-best 18-4 record with a 2.83 ERA, 1.3 BB/9, 6.5 SO/9, and 4.3 fWAR over 200 2/3 innings. He’s positioned to lead the Cardinals rotation in 2019 as well, with former Opening Day starters Carlos Martínez and Adam Wainwright and some combination of right-handers Jack Flaherty, Michael Wacha, Alex Reyes, and John Gant behind him.
Manager Mike Shildt told reporters that Flaherty, Wacha, Wainwright, and Martínez had all been considered for the honor, but admitted that Opening Day honors were ultimately handed to Mikolas “in recognition of [his performance] last year.” The Cardinals are scheduled to play a four-game set against the Brewers to start the season and will stop over in Pittsburgh for another two games before returning to St. Louis for their opening homestand against the Padres on April 4. Additional pitching assignments have yet to be announced.