SAN DIEGO — Martin Prado received some encouraging news Friday when Braves doctors evaluated him and cleared him to begin swinging off of a tee. This marked the first time he was allowed to begin participating in baseball-related activities since being diagnosed with a staph infection on June 9.
When Dr. Gary Lourie evaluated Prado at Turner Field Friday, he saw the open wound on Prado’s right calf had significantly grown smaller. After cleaning the area and changing the dressing around the wound, he cleared Prado to begin taking swings.
Prado will hit off a tee again Sunday. Earlier this week he was cleared to attempt to start rebuilding his upper body strength with weight training. While sidelined over the past three weeks, the Braves left fielder has visibly lost some weight.
While it still seems too early pinpoint an exact return date, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the club’s medical staff told him Prado could return before the All-Star break. The wound will likely have to completely close before he is cleared to begin doing on-field baseball activities.
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The Braves’ medical staff was treating a cut on the top of Prado’s left knee in the days before he showed them the area on his left calf that they immediately diagnosed as a staph infection.
SAN DIEGO — Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has been around the game long enough to know hitting coaches and pitching coaches are easy targets for disgruntled fans.
He has also been around baseball long enough to know what it’s like to get fired both as a manager and a coach.
But while Gonzalez has said his offense hasn’t lived up to its capability, he said he hasn’t even thought about the possibility of firing hitting coach Larry Parrish, who joined the Braves after spending the previous 19 years in the Tigers’ organization, primarily as a Minor League manager.
“I’ve never even thought about that kind of stuff because I’ve been a coach,” Gonzalez said. “I think the best way to say it is that everybody has to share responsibility.”
Braves general manager Frank Wren was responsible for hiring Parrish and has seen no reason to believe the former Major League outfielder should be shouldering the blame for the disappointing offense.
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