After a solid showing in Jupiter on his rehabilitation assignment, there is reason to believe Marlins third baseman Martin Prado could return to the main roster shortly.
Prado, who has been nursing a Grade 1 right hamstring strain that he sustained March 15 while playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, completed his rehab assignment Saturday night with Class A Advanced Jupiter.
Prado singled and walked twice before exiting the game after the seventh inning of the Hammerheads' 1-0 loss to Dunedin in Jupiter. Miami has played well in the first two weeks of the season, but would benefit from having their veteran leader back in the lineup.
"Very clean, very easy, no panic," Jupiter manager Kevin Randel said of Prado's defensive play that saved two runs.
The decision to send Prado to Jupiter has been more or less an extended spring training assignment. Miami has also had to place shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria on the 10-day disabled list. Both Miguel Rojas and Derek Dietrich in their spots in the order and in the infield.
According to Steve Dorsey of MLB.com, Prado was unavailable for comment, but the Marlins likely will make a decision on whether he's ready to come off the disabled list before they leave for Seattle, where they begin a three-game series against the Mariners on Monday. The Marlins close out their current homestand against the Mets on Sunday at Marlins Park.