It wasn’t the news the Miami Marlins wanted to hear, but at least they know Martin Prado will more than likely miss the opening of the baseball season.
Prado has a Grade 1 right hamstring strain and a slight upper right calf strain, and the Marlins' third baseman does not anticipate being ready for Opening Day, writes Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.
As discouraged as Prado is about not being ready for the regular season, he's also relieved by the results of his MRI, because he feared the worst. The team also said both Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas will play third base in place of its captain.
Prado was injured on Wednesday in Venezuela's 4-2 loss to Team USA in the World Baseball Classic at Petco Park in San Diego. On Saturday, he had an MRI taken in South Florida.
"I was worried, yeah," Prado said. "I didn't know what it was. I didn't know exactly what was going on with my leg. After I talked to the doctor, I was just concerned and disappointed that I let my teammates down. I let the Marlins down because I was not able to come back here healthy."
The injury occurred when Prado was running to first base after hitting a ground ball, but he pulled up as he approached the bag. The Venezuelan medical staff tended to him as he left the game. He returned to the Major League team for evaluation.
"I want to make sure I'm 100 percent the whole way, and not trying to rush," Prado said. "First of all, we're going to get pain-free running, that's basically our main goal now. After that, [I want] to be strong, to hold up and have a healthy hamstring."
Prado is one of the Marlins' team leaders and top players. The 33-year-old batted .305 with eight home runs and 75 RBIs in 2016.
In the past, Prado has dealt with left hamstring issues, but nothing to his right leg. Until he had the MRI, he was unsure about when he could return.