Recuperating Prado plays on Saturday

Recuperating Prado plays on Saturday

DENVER -- Martin Prado was too sick to leave the team hotel on Friday. But he improved enough on Saturday to come to Coors Field to work out and prepare himself to return to the Braves' lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Rockies.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez wanted Prado to break a sweat and distance himself from the lethargic feeling he felt while battling flu-like symptoms on Thursday night and all day Friday.

"Coming off that 24-hour flu, your body doesn't feel right," Gonzalez said.

Having reacted well to the conditioning work he completed before the game, Prado entered Saturday night's game in the seventh inning as a pinch-hitter. He was hit on the right shoulder by the first pitch he saw from Esmil Rogers.

Prado glared at Rogers before going to first base. He advanced to second base on a bases-loaded walk and scored on Chipper Jones' two-run single.