CINCINNATI -- Martin Prado was still feeling a lot of discomfort in his fractured right pinky finger when he arrived at Great American Ball Park on Sunday afternoon. The Braves will wait at least one more day before deciding whether they need to place him on the disabled list.
"It doesn't feel good," Prado said. "It's just sore, and I can't do anything right now. Whatever their decision is, I can't control that."
Given that Prado suffered the injury while sliding head first toward the plate in the 10th inning of Friday's 6-4 win over the Reds, there was little reason to believe he was going to start feeling sudden relief by the time Sunday arrived. But if the Braves gain the sense that the All-Star second baseman will be sidelined for more than a week, they may opt to put him on the DL and allow Omar Infante to play second base for a couple of weeks.
"The name of the game is to pick each other up when that happens, and we've got a good one to put out there, thank God," manager Bobby Cox said in reference to Infante, whose versatility helped him earn his first career All-Star selection this year.
Technically, Prado has a stable avulsion fracture of the middle joint on his right finger. This means that a portion of his tendon slightly tore away from the bone. Once he is able to grip a bat, the Braves will allow him to begin playing again.
Glaus says slump not attributed to injury
CINCINNATI -- Troy Glaus' body language and tremendous offensive struggles have created reason to wonder if he might be hurt. But the Braves' first baseman said Sunday morning that the .160 batting average he has compiled over the past 30 games has nothing to do with any kind of injury.
"It's the middle of the season, and everybody goes through [slumps] of some sort," Glaus said. "Obviously, you want to keep them as short as possible."
When Glaus was hitting .280 with 14 homers and an .874 OPS on June 20, he was a potential MVP candidate and a definite candidate to be named the National League's Comeback Player of the Year. But the 33-year-old veteran, who missed most of the 2009 season while recovering from right shoulder surgery, has not homered and collected six RBIs in the 30 games that have followed.
Glaus said his knees haven't been any sorer recently than they've been at any other point during the season.
Hoping to help turn things around for Glaus, Braves manager Bobby Cox opted to start Eric Hinske at first base during Sunday afternoon's series finale against the Reds.
"My swing hasn't been fantastic over the past couple of weeks for who knows what reason," Glaus said. "But it's nice every once in a while to just kind of step back and at least for the first part of the game, kind of mentally relax."
Medlen confident he can start Wednesday
CINCINNATI -- Kris Medlen feels confident that he will be ready to make his next scheduled start on Wednesday against the Mets. The right-hander suffered a bruised right forearm when he was hit with a Johnny Cueto fastball during Friday night's series opener against the Reds.
"It was real tight yesterday, but it feels fine today," Medlen said. "I didn't do anything yesterday."
Told by the Braves trainers that he wasn't even permitted to complete his running exercises on Saturday, Medlen returned Sunday and proved to be healthy enough to complete his normal activities. While playing catch during batting practice, the 24-year-old hurler didn't feel any discomfort or limitations.
Medlen will test himself again Monday afternoon, when he completes the normal bullpen session that is scheduled two days before his starts.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.