HOUSTON -- The already-depleted Braves lineup took another hit Friday as left fielder Martin Prado was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a staph infection in his right calf.
Prado underwent a procedure today in Atlanta to clean out the infection, which was discovered on Tuesday. He was cleared to play that night but was injured in the ninth inning of that game, suffering an upper left calf contusion when he was hit by a ball stealing second base.
"On Tuesday, he was getting treated for, for lack of a better term, a raspberry [on his right calf]," said manager Fredi Gonzalez. "Then quickly that thing turns from just being a raspberry to a pretty serious infection. I think our people got on it pretty early and took care of it."
The steal was his second of the season, but the left calf contusion he suffered on the play forced him to miss the next two games. Prado is hitting .277 with eight home runs and had registered a hit in eight of his past 10 games before getting hurt.
"Obviously, that's tough," said Brooks Conrad. "He's a huge part of our team and a catalyst for us. Hopefully, he'll be OK. It's kind of a freak thing."
Utility infielder Brandon Hicks, a Texas A&M product who was born in Houston, was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to replace Prado and is expected to join the team sometime during Friday's game against the Astros.
Hicks, who began the season with the Braves before getting optioned to Gwinnett on May 6, was hitting .252 with eight home runs and 18 RBIs in 33 games at Triple-A.