The Miami Marlins are hoping a rehab stint for Martin Prado at Class-A will lead to him returning to the lineup in short fashion. The team’s third baseman has been dealing with a hamstring injury he suffered in the World Baseball Classic that forced him to miss the opening week of the Major League season.
The team has announced Prado will report to Jupiter for a rehab stint with Class-A Advanced team. While there is hope for his return, it is likely he will miss the team’s first homestand of the season.
Miami announced on Sunday the team will also be without shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.
JT Riddle was called up from Triple-A New Orleans to take his place on the roster. The injury to Prado allowed Tyler Moore to make the team’s opening day roster.
According to MLB.com, best case scenario has been Prado being back during the four-game series with the Mets, which begins on Thursday at Marlins Park. But he could be playing in rehab games at that time, which means he would be with the Marlins on their second road trip.
The Marlins are 3-3 on the season following a 5-2 loss to New York on Sunday night.
"Martin is doing really good," manager Don Mattingly said on Sunday. "Our plan is still the same. He will end up playing some games in Jupiter. Nothing has really changed with that. We'd rather miss it by a day or two until he is totally healthy."
The Marlins have their home opener on Tuesday against the Braves at Marlins Park, and after the two-game set, the Mets visit Miami.
Miami's is back on the road, starting on April 17 at Seattle. If Prado isn't back for the Mets' series, he could be ready at some point during the series with the Mariners.