Now Commenting On:

Prado a late scratch after fluke injury

Prado a late scratch after fluke injury

NEW YORK -- Kelly Johnson found a way to get into the starting lineup and simultaneously provided Martin Prado reason to at least think of wearing some padding while taking grounders during batting practice.

Since Prado unseated him as the Braves' primary second baseman earlier this year, Johnson has been fighting to gain regular playing time. But drilling Prado just below the left knee with a line drive during Wednesday afternoon's batting practice at Citi Field certainly wasn't part of his plan.

After getting hit with the liner, Prado remained on the ground for about five minutes and created a scare among the other Braves who quickly surrounded him. Just when it seemed he may need to be carted off the field, the hard-nosed second baseman rose and made it back to the clubhouse with just a slight limp.

After being examined by the Braves trainers, Prado said he still wanted to start Wednesday's series finale against the Mets. But the Braves heeded caution by taking X-rays and replacing him at second base with Johnson.

Prado missed one game after getting hit above the left ankle with Matt Diaz's batting practice line drive before a July 30 game against the Marlins at Land Shark Stadium.

When a reporter asked who hit the line drive that evening, Johnson playfully replied, "It wasn't me, guys."

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español