Prado back in left in middle game against Nats

Prado back in left in middle game against Nats

Prado back in left in middle game against Nats
ATLANTA -- Martin Prado was supposed to get a day off Friday to rest his strained right hamstring. But with the Braves trying to rally from a four-run deficit in the seventh inning, manager Fredi Gonzalez called on Prado to pinch-hit.

Prado hit an RBI single, and Gonzalez left the versatile veteran in the game at second base for the final two innings of the Braves' 5-4 loss to the Nationals. Gonzalez said he would have preferred to give Prado a full day off, which would have been his first since May 4.

"The best-case scenario was for us to win last night's game and not use him at all," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said he thought Prado was favoring his leg more than usual in the Braves' 3-2 loss Thursday. Prado downplayed those concerns Saturday, calling his injury a cramp.

"I just felt it was going to cramp again, it's nothing to worry about," Prado said. "I told [Gonzalez], 'I'm sorry if I looked a different way running.' But I'm feeling better."

By remaining in the game at second base Friday, Prado has now played four different positions this season. He regularly starts in left field, and has also played third base and first base.

Prado has played more games in his career at second base than any other position, though he has not played there since 2010. But he said it didn't feel like returning home Friday night.

"It didn't feel like my home at all," Prado said. "I felt like I was in somebody else's home."

Prado returned to his latest home Saturday, playing left field and batting second. He entered play leading the Braves this season in batting average (.322), on-base percentage (.384) and slugging percentage (.464).