Uncertainty surrounds Prado's return to lineup

Uncertainty surrounds Prado's return to lineup

ATLANTA -- Like their fans, the Braves would like to have a better idea about when they can put Martin Prado's valuable bat back in their lineup. But as their left fielder deals with a staph infection on his right leg, there's a lot of uncertainty.

"He's got to wait for that thing to heal completely before he can do anything," manager Fredi Gonzalez said Saturday morning.

After spending nearly a week essentially confined to his house and the doctor's office, Prado has at least been able to come to Turner Field the past two days to allow members of the Braves' medical staff to clean the area around the staph infection, which developed from a right calf scrape he gained from sliding.

The Braves treated the scrape on June 7 and cleared Prado to play that evening against the Marlins. An errant throw to second base struck his left knee during the ninth inning and sidelined him the next two days. The staph infection was found June 9 and he returned to Atlanta the next day to undergo a procedure.

Once the cut closes and there is no risk of worsening the infection, Prado will be cleared to begin baseball activities again. There is certainly a chance he will not return before the end of this month.