If Prado can't hack it in the locker room, he'd never survive a weekend at MDS'
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There’s been a flurry of injuries over the last couple weeks, and as the resident medical expert for the SoR I’m contractually obligated to educate the masses on what to expect. Remember, if you have questions I haven’t addressed in the article, drop it in the comments section and I’ll get to it eventually (you’re welcome).
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Martin Prado was placed on the DL for a staph infection in his calf. This happens from time to time in professional sports because you have a bunch of large, sweaty, dirty men showering together with open wounds (sounds like MDS’s wet dream). When treated early in a young and healthy individual such as Prado, these things are usually no big deal. Left untreated, however, staph infections can cause severe pain, loss of limbs and can even be a threat to life. That’s right, Martin Prado might not survive the rest of the season, trade him ASAP (to me please). I’m kidding (about the dying part). They debrided (cut out) the infected area on his calf and will no doubt fill him up with loads of antibiotics to kill off the remaining infection.
His return to the field will depend upon how quickly the infection clears and the wound heals. Again, young healthy guys like Prado typically heal well, and I’d expect him to return in a 2-4 week timetable. The Braves will likely err on the side of caution here and probably keep him out of the filthy Chipper Jones chewing tobacco laden Braves locker room for more than 2 weeks, but unless there’s an unforeseen setback he shouldn’t miss more than a month tops. Outside of his timing at the plate, there’s no real risk of a recurring injury here either, this isn’t an orthopedic issue. Worry not Prado owners, he will be fine.
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