Braves place Martin Prado on DL

Updated: June 11, 2011, 4:22 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Atlanta left fielder Martin Prado was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a staph infection in his right calf.

Prado had a procedure in Atlanta on Friday to clean out the infection. He is being treated with antibiotics.

He was examined by doctors from the Marlins in Florida and they sent him to Atlanta on Thursday night so he could prepare for Friday's procedure.

"I think that our trainers and the Marlins' doctors that saw him in Florida and our doctors in Atlanta I think got it in the beginning stages of it and now it's just a matter of pumping him with some antibiotics and some fluids and getting him healthy," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said he thinks the infection stemmed from a skin burn Prado got from a slide. The manager said it was a bit surprising how fast it went from being a relatively minor problem to a staph infection.

"On Tuesday he's getting treated for a ... raspberry and then just that quickly that thing turned from just being a raspberry to being a pretty serious infection," Gonzalez said. "I think our people got on it pretty early and took care of it. So hopefully we got it early enough for it not to be worse than what it could be."

Prado missed Atlanta's previous two games with a sore left knee. The move is retroactive to Wednesday.

Prado is batting .277 with eight homers and 33 RBIs this season.

Infielder Brandon Hicks was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to take his roster spot. Hicks was scheduled to arrive in Houston on Friday night. Gonzalez said Hicks, who was batting .252 with eight homers and 18 RBIs, can play second base, third base and shortstop.

Also on Friday, outfielder Jason Heyward, who is on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury, took swings off a tee for the first time since he was injured. Gonzalez said it's too soon to say when he will return, but that he felt good after taking 70 swings.


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