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Martin Prado May Play Third Base in Chipper Jones’ Absence

May 26th, 2012 at 9:49 PM
By Jonathan McCullough

With Chipper Jones now on the disabled list, the Atlanta Braves need someone to play third base in his absence. Martin Prado may be the player to do that.

The one thing Prado won't do, however, is alternate between third base and left field.

"I'm not going to go back and forth," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I'm not going to do that to him."

Last season, Prado alternated between left field and third base a good bit, and his production suffered. Gonzalez has made more of an effort this season to leave him alone in left field, and Prado has rebounded in a big way. He currently has a .333 batting average with three homers and 21 RBI, and he leads the team in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage.

"Martin is a guy that likes routines," Gonzalez said. "He's a routine-oriented guy. And I'm not saying that's the whole thing there, but I'm thinking that's [part of it]."

If Gonzalez chooses to leave Prado in left field, Juan Francisco would take over at third base. Unfortunately, Francisco has left a lot to be desired with the bat and the glove so far this season.

"Francisco can help make that decision," Gonzalez said. "Usually the bat does a lot of talking."

If Prado does take over at third base while Jones is on the disabled list, Matt Diaz and Eric Hinske would likely platoon in left field.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, MLB

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