ATLANTA -- Braves left fielder Martin Prado was out of the starting lineup for Friday's series opener against the Nationals. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Prado has been dealing with a strained right hamstring for the last couple weeks, but it is not considered serious.
"Prado came in today, he's begging to get in the lineup," Gonzalez said. "We'll give him a breather today, get him through the All-Star break, use those four days, and he'll be fine the rest of the year."
Gonzalez said Prado has done a good job managing the injury, but he noticed Prado laboring a bit in the outfield in the Braves' 3-2 loss to Arizona on Thursday. Prado, who is leading the Braves with a .319 average, was available off the bench Friday.
Prado has not been out of the lineup since May 5, when he came into the Braves' 13-9 win in Colorado as a pinch-hitter. He has not had a day off since May 4.
Gonzalez said he will also work in off-days for third baseman Chipper Jones and catcher Brian McCann in this weekend's series. Jones will likely sit Saturday and McCann on Sunday.