Martin Prado has been sidelined since June 14 with a right shoulder sprain, but Marlins manager Dan Jennings told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald this afternoon that he could be activated for tomorrow’s first-half finale against the Reds.
Prado has gone 3-for-8 over two minor league rehab games with High-A Jupiter. While there’s a chance he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow, the Marlins could play things safe and have him come back when they begin the second half of the season next Friday against the Phillies.
Prado, 31, was batting .272/.311/.370 with four home runs and 24 RBI over 63 games prior to the injury. He could appear to be a logical trade candidate leading up to July 31, but the Marlins have been resistant to that idea so far. Prado is under contract for $11 million next season, with the Yankees picking up $3 million.
Yankees first baseman Luke Voit exited Saturday’s game under less-than-ideal conditions after a 91.4-m.p.h. fastball caught him on the chin in the fourth inning. Following his removal, he passed the standard concussion protocol testing, though the Yankees will likely play it safe with the infielder over the next few days.
With one out and a runner on first, Voit stepped up to bat against Chad Bettis in the bottom of the fourth inning. He had just worked an 0-2 count against Bettis when the mishap occurred — a fastball that deflected off of his shoulder and met his chin. Voit took a few moments to recover, then took first base before he was eventually lifted from the game at the top of the fifth.
Prior to his exit, the first baseman went 0-for-1 with a walk. He was subsequently replaced by DJ LeMahieu, who shifted over from third to first base while Gio Urshela stepped in at the hot corner.
The Yankees currently lead the Rockies 11-5 in the eighth.