Freeman gets day off to rest his quad

Freeman gets day off to rest his quad

ATLANTA -- Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman received a day off in Sunday's finale with the Dodgers in order to rest his sore left quadriceps, as the versatile Martin Prado took over his spot on defense.

"The quad is the thing that worries me a little bit," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It's one of those things that, for him to get personally healed, it's going to be 30 days. But if we can manage it, give him a day off after a night game ... I think we'll get through it."

Prado -- normally the Braves' left fielder -- is no stranger to first base. He's played in 50 games, 32 starts, at the position in his career.

"In Florida, I remember him playing a whole series at first base," Gonzalez said. "I don't know whether it was last year or the year before. But he's played enough where you feel comfortable."

Prado's start at first was just one of several changes to the lineup. Newly acquired infielder Jack Wilson took over at third to give Chipper Jones a day off, while David Ross and Jose Constanza both returned to the lineup. Matt Diaz, who returned to Atlanta last week in a trade with the Pirates, hit third against Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw.

"None of those left-handers volunteered to get in there," Gonzalez said jokingly.