DENVER -- Martin Prado's first few days in Denver were not exactly pleasurable. After flu-like symptoms restricted him to his hotel room on Thursday and Friday, he returned to action on Saturday night and got hit on the left elbow with the first pitch Esmil Rogers threw him during a seventh-inning pinch-hit appearance.
Prado glared at Rogers before taking first base. The plunking loaded the bases, creating a force possibility at each base with one out and the game tied. The right-handed reliever was removed before Michael Bourn followed with a walk that gave the Braves their first lead of the night.
"He didn't hit nobody before," Prado said. "He was pretty much in the zone. First pitch like that? I don't think it was on purpose, but it made me think it was too obvious, too."
Prado scored from second base in the seventh and had to sprint from first base while scoring in the ninth. But he did not have any more problems with the flu-like symptoms. His left elbow was the only thing bothering him when he returned to the Braves' lineup on Sunday.