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Surgery a possibility for Martin Prado, Mattingly says

Miami Marlins third baseman Martin Prado (14) fields the ball as the Miami Marlins play the Los Angeles Dodgers at Marlins Park on Sat., July 15, 2017.
Miami Marlins third baseman Martin Prado (14) fields the ball as the Miami Marlins play the Los Angeles Dodgers at Marlins Park on Sat., July 15, 2017. adiaz@miamiherald.com

Martin Prado’s chances of coming back this season may be in jeopardy.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Thursday that Prado’s injured knee has not progressed and surgery may be a possibility.

Mattingly said the team could make a decision as early as Friday.

“There will probably be a decision about what’s going to happen next,” Mattingly said. “We’ll probably know [Friday] about that.”

It’s been a frustrating season of injury setbacks for Prado, who signed a three-year, $40 million extension with the Marlins in the offseason. Prado was placed on the disabled list on July 18 with a right knee sprain.

Prado also had two previous stints on the DL with a right hamstring injury he suffered in March while playing in the World Baseball Classic.

Prado has played in only 37 games this season, batting .250 with two home runs, 11 extra-base hits and 12 RBI.

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Marlins third baseman Martin Prado throws a ball to a fan as the Miami Marlins play the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on Mon., July 17, 2017. Bryan Cereijo BCereijo@MiamiHerald.com

In addition to Prado, the Marlins have two more starting infielders currently on the DL – J.T. Riddle and Justin Bour.

Riddle (left biceps tendinitis) said he was examined by team physician Lee Kaplan and had an MRI that was not conclusive. He said he is getting a second opinion from another doctor on Monday.

Miguel Rojas (left shoulder) avoided a return trip to the DL and was back in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Reds.

TRADE RUMORS

The Marlins are reportedly informing teams they’re willing to trade Dan Straily according to a report by Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.

Straily had previously been mentioned by Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill among the players they had no intention of trading before Monday’s non-waiver deadline.

If Straily, who is under team control through 2020, is traded it could be the first move in the process of a larger overhaul of the team’s roster before next season.

The Marlins traded reliever David Phelps to the Mariners on July 20 for a quartet of prospects and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to the Rays on June 26 for two prospects.

ELIAS SAYS

The Marlins set a franchise record for runs scored in a game in their 22-10 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau:

▪ The 22 runs were the second-most runs ever scored in an interleague game. The Marlins were also involved in the highest, losing 25-8 in Boston on June 27, 2003.

▪ The 32 combined runs were the most scored in any game since Aug. 15, 2015, when the Red Sox topped the Mariners, 22-10. That was the only other game in the last nine seasons (since 2009) with 32-or-more runs.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly talks about his team scoring a club record 22 runs in a win over the Rangers on Wednesday.

▪ All nine players in the Marlins’ starting batting order had at least one hit and one RBI. Only two other teams in the past five seasons (since 2013) have had games like that: the A’s in beating the Twins, 18-3, on Sept. 11, 2013, and the Nationals on June 2 of this season in a 13-3 win in Oakland. It was the first Marlins game like that in franchise history.

▪ The Marlins’ 2-3-4-5-6 batters all scored at least three runs. Only two other teams since 1900 have done that in a game: the Pirates against the Boston Beaneaters (now the Atlanta Braves) in a 19-1 win on June 11, 1904, and the Red Sox in a 29-4 win over the St. Louis Browns (now the Baltimore Orioles) on June 8, 1950. Hall of Famers Fred Clarke and Honus Wagner were the Pirates’ 3-4 batters in that 1904 game, while Ted Williams batted third for the Red Sox in the 1950 game.

INJURY UPDATE

The Marlins will likely be cautious over the next couple of days with reliever Nick Wittgren, who appeared to hurt his ankle while pitching Wednesday night in Texas.

Mattingly said Thursday: “He’ll be a guy we have to look at and make sure he’s OK.”

Miami Herald sportswriter Barry Jackson contributed to this report.

COMING UP

Friday: Marlins RHP Vance Worley (0-2, 6.37 ERA) vs. Cincinnati Reds RHP Sal Romano (2-2, 3.50), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

Saturday: Marlins LHP Adam Conley (3-3, 5.62) vs. Reds RHP Tim Adleman (5-8, 5.11), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

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