The Atlanta Braves have now lost their entire Opening Day outfield to injury as the team placed left fielder Martin Prado on its 15 day disabled list with a staph infection. Prado traveled back to Atlanta to have the infection cleaned.
In one of the more grotesque injury descriptions of the year, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez explained the procedure.
“They sliced him, and he’s got to heal from the inside-out,” Gonzalez said. “They pumped him with antibiotics…. I think it was caused by a strawberry, from a slide.
“I didn’t realize, until watching him, how much pain [staph infection] causes.”
You know it’s never a good thing when someone has to slice you. I saw the word strawberry and became confused, wondering what role fruit played in the incident
The team’s announcement of Prado’s placement on the disabled list came as somewhat of a surprise. The 27 year old spoke with reporters Thursday and, while he was not expecting to return Friday, thought he should be ready to go this weekend.
Atlanta has recalled infielder Brandon Hicks from Triple-A to replace Prado on its roster.