The Atlanta Braves will not play a man short for another game. The team has placed All-Star second baseman Martin Prado on the disabled list with a fractured right pinky finger. The Braves will call up infielder Diory Hernandez from triple-A Gwinnett. Hernandez was leading the G-Braves with a .319 average, hitting well of late including a four-hit game two nights ago.
Prado has been out of the lineup since last Friday and the team felt he would not be able to return to the lineup within the week. This is really the best outcome as it gives Prado all the time he needs to recover -- a very similar move and injury to the one Jason Heyward suffered a month ago. Prado is eligible to come off the DL on August 15th
In Gwinnett Braves news, Willy Taveras was released and reports are that Chris Resop's locker is empty. Because Resop was on a rehab assignment he can only stay in the minor leagues so long and that clock has run out. So either the Braves have to call him up or place him on waivers since he is out of options. I wonder if he would be better than Kenshin Kawakami? They both pitched in Japan.
UPDATE: The AJC reports that indeed Resop has been placed on outright waivers in an effort to send him to triple-A and get him off the 40-man roster (a move they have to make if they don't call him to he Majors). We'll see if Resop gets claimed by anyone. My money is on the Royals.