SAN DIEGO – (Wire Service Report) – Miami Marlins third baseman Martin Prado is slated to undergo an MRI exam on Saturday after suffering a right hamstring injury during the World Baseball Classic.
Prado was injured while playing for Venezuela on Wednesday in San Diego. He was en route to South Florida on Friday and the Marlins want their medical team to determine the severity of the injury.
“He’s getting an MRI tomorrow,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly told reporters Friday. “We’ll let our doctors see him and make a decision, and we’ll see where we think he’s at right now.
“There is no reason to speculate at this point. Obviously, it’s a hamstring. Those things take a little time.”
The 33-year-old Prado signed a three-year, $40 million contract in the offseason. He batted .305 with eight homers and 75 RBIs last season.
The Marlins see no reason to rush Prado back to action.
“Hamstrings take a little bit of time, and we’ll let the doctors determine what grade it is and see what we’re going to have to do,” Mattingly said. “You’re just guessing at a timeline with guys getting back. Hopefully, it’s a minor Grade 1, and we’ll kind of continue moving and have him ready. We’ll have to wait and see.”