CINCINNATI -- Martin Prado was still feeling a lot of discomfort in his fractured right pinky finger when he arrived at Great American Ball Park on Sunday afternoon. The Braves will wait at least one more day before deciding whether they need to place him on the disabled list.
"It doesn't feel good," Prado said. "It's just sore, and I can't do anything right now. Whatever their decision is, I can't control that."
Given that Prado suffered the injury while sliding head first toward the plate in the 10th inning of Friday's 6-4 win over the Reds, there was little reason to believe he was going to start feeling sudden relief by the time Sunday arrived. But if the Braves gain the sense that the All-Star second baseman will be sidelined for more than a week, they may opt to put him on the DL and allow Omar Infante to play second base for a couple of weeks.
"The name of the game is to pick each other up when that happens, and we've got a good one to put out there, thank God," manager Bobby Cox said in reference to Infante, whose versatility helped him earn his first career All-Star selection this year.
Technically, Prado has a stable avulsion fracture of the middle joint on his right finger. This means that a portion of his tendon slightly tore away from the bone. Once he is able to grip a bat, the Braves will allow him to begin playing again.