Miami Marlins: Martín Prado May Miss Entire Season

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 28: Martin Prado #14 of the Miami Marlins doubles in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Marlins Park on April 28, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 28: Martin Prado #14 of the Miami Marlins doubles in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Marlins Park on April 28, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /
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The Miami Marlins will lose the services of Martín Prado for an undisclosed period of time. He pulled up lame after an infield groundout in last night’s 9-5 loss to the Washington Nationals.

It remains unclear if Martín Prado will be able to return to the Miami Marlins this season. After a lengthy rehabilitation process, Prado returned to the Marlins on April 27th. After a beginning his season with a .169/.221/.180 slashline through his first 23 games, he appeared to shake it off last night, going three-for-four with a  pair of doubles.

"There’s a significant gap between the thigh and the muscle. – Prado"

Prado is very well respected in the Miami Marlins clubhouse. It would probably be a good idea to have Prado remain with the team as an associate manager of sorts. There are those who think that Prado would be a solid choice as a manager at some point. His six-year, $73 million contract runs through the 2019 campaign.

Prado has been held to only 61 games between 2017 and this season due to the recurrent hamstring problem. Over that time, he has slashed .227/.264/.305 while providing sometimes spectacular defense.

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Prado joined the Miami Marlins from the New York Yankees via trade after the 2014 season. He arrived with David Phelps for Nathan Eovaldi, Domingo German, and Garrett Jones. Phelps was solid with the Marlins before getting traded to the Seattle Mariners for Brayan Hernandez, Pablo Lopez, Brandon Miller, and Lukas Schiraldi. I guess what this shows is that Eovaldi was more valuable to this franchise than we knew. All four of those guys are solid in the minors. More on Lopez here, but I digress.

Over his 13-season major league career, Prado has slashed .290/.338/.418 with 97 home runs and 579 RBI. He’s drawn 368 walks and struck out 615 times in 5491 plate appearances. Aside from his time with the Marlins and the Yankees, he has also played with the Atlanta Braves and for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He made the all star team in 2010 for Atlanta.

We’d like to wish Prado a speedy recovery. In the meantime, the Miami Marlins seem poised to recall J.T. Riddle from the triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes to fill out his roster spot.

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