Martin Prado's versatility got a workout while both third baseman Chipper Jones (sore left knee) and first baseman Freddie Freeman (swollen left index finger) were out with their injuries.
Prado is Jones' primary backup, but he replaced Freeman at first base twice versus the Orioles last weekend and in the first game of the weekday series against the Yankees. To no one's surprise, he's been sparkling on defense while maintaining his hot hitting.
Switching positions from one game to the next, or even games, isn't fazing him so long as he's still hitting second in the batting order. That wasn't the case last season, when he fretted so much about learning to play left field and was moved from there to third and back so often that his offense suffered. And then, of course, he missed a month with a staph infection in his right calf.
Healthy this year, Prado seems to have embraced the idea of being able to play everywhere but catcher and pitcher. He should be the Braves' starting third...