06/20/11 6:50 PM ET
Prado feeling better, but return date unclear
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
"I'm a normal person now," Prado joked while indicating that he has regained his sense of humor.
This has been a rough couple of weeks for Prado, who has been sidelined since doctors found a staph infection on his right calf June 9. The infection developed after he had scraped his leg while sliding.
Prado said the cut on his leg measures approximately two inches, but is "not deep." The 27-year-old outfielder will not be permitted to resume baseball activities until the cut completely closes. But he has been cleared to begin focusing on regaining some of the upper body strength he lost when he was essentially confined to his bed the first few days after he was diagnosed with the infection.
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"It's getting better every day," Braves general manager Frank Wren said. "But it's just a wait-and-see kind of thing. You just have wait for that thing to close up and heal before you can take it to that next step ... I don't know if there is any way to really predict how fast anybody is going to heal."
Prado has enjoyed the chance to at least come to the stadium the past few days to allow members of the Braves' medical staff to look at the cut and clean the area around it.
Given that he will likely need to play a couple of Minor League rehab games, there is a good chance Prado will at least miss the remainder of this month. He was hitting .277 with eight homers and a .761 OPS when he was placed on the disabled list.
Chipper eyeing return to lineup Tuesday
ATLANTA -- Encouraged that he finally realized some improvement Monday, Chipper Jones said he believes he could return to the Braves' lineup Tuesday.
He has been sidelined since straining his right adductor muscle during the seventh inning of Thursday's win over the Mets.
"I could tell that it was better when I woke up today," Jones said. "Hopefully everything will keep moving in the right direction."
Jones' discomfort in the upper portion of his right leg prevented him from even being available to pinch-hit each of the previous three games. The 39-year-old veteran third baseman took batting practice Monday and felt he could come off the bench if needed.
Cox, Fredi say McKeon has 'energy' for job
ATLANTA -- The Marlins' decision to bring 80-year-old Jack McKeon back to fill their managerial vacancy has not led Bobby Cox to begin preparing a comeback. But the Braves' 70-year-old former manager does believe McKeon is capable of handling the rigors of the job.
"He might be 80, but he has a whole lot of energy," Cox said. "He knows the players as well as anybody. He's kept himself very involved."
McKeon replaces Edwin Rodriguez, who abruptly resigned Sunday, nearly a full calendar year after he replaced current Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez as the Marlins' skipper.
While spending nearly 3 1/2 seasons at the helm of the Marlins, Gonzalez got to know McKeon, who has remained involved with the franchise since leading Florida to the 2003 World Series title after coming out of retirement in the middle of that season at the ripe age of 73.
"There's no doubt, he's got the energy to do it," Gonzalez said.
Beachy to rejoin rotation, start Wednesday
ATLANTA -- The Braves confirmed on Monday that Brandon Beachy will be activated from the disabled list and rejoin their rotation with Wednesday afternoon's start against the Blue Jays.
Beachy has made just one Minor League rehab start since straining his left oblique muscle during a May 13 start against the Phillies. But while throwing 88 pitches in a five-inning outing for Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday night, he gave himself and the Braves reason to believe he was ready for an immediate return.
"I threw my fastball down and commanded it to both sides of the plate really well," Beachy said. "I didn't expect to be as sharp as I was as early as I was in that game. That gave me a chance to work on my breaking balls. I threw a few too many pitches doing that. But I was in a situation where I felt I could work on some things while still competing."
Beachy's return was accelerated Thursday, when Atlanta put Tommy Hanson on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder. But having evaluated his progress over the past couple of weeks, the Braves do not believe they are rushing him back and putting him in position for injury.
"He doesn't feel anything," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He was free and easy and loose. Once he started throwing, he never had a setback."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.