CINCINNATI (AP) - Second baseman Martin Prado has a broken
knuckle on his right pinkie finger, an injury that will sideline
the Atlanta Braves' leadoff hitter for at least a week.
Prado jammed the hand while sliding hard into home plate Friday
night during the 10th inning of a 6-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
X-rays initially were inconclusive.
Prado is expected to be sidelined for a week to 10 days. Manager
Bobby Cox said the team will take a day or two before deciding
whether to put him on the 15-day disabled list.
It's a big setback for the NL East leaders. Prado has a
career-high 13 homers, leads the National League with 138 hits and
ranks third in batting average at .315. He leads the majors with 44
multihit games. Prado reached 100 hits this season in the
second-fewest games in Braves history, doing it in his 69th game.
Ralph Garr got 100 hits in 62 games in 1974.
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