Pinkie sidelines Prado

Atlanta All-Star second baseman Martin Prado broke the second knuckle on his right pinkie finger while diving into home plate in the Braves' win Friday, an injury that will sideline the leadoff hitter for at least a week.

Prado jammed the hand while sliding hard into home during the 10th inning of a 6-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds. X-rays initially were inconclusive. Tests on Saturday found the fracture, which won’t need surgery.

Prado is expected to be sidelined for a week to 10 days. Manager Bobby Cox said the team will take a day or two before deciding whether to put him on the 15-day disabled list.

“There’s no swelling hardly, which is good,” Cox said. “We’re going to wait a day or two and see.”

Prado has a career-high 13 homers, leads the National League with 138 hits and ranks third in batting average at .315. He leads the majors with 44 multihit games.


The Giants honored former infielder Rich Aurilia and left-hander Shawn Estes in a ceremony that added both players to the club’s Wall of Fame outside the ballpark.

The wall is a tribute to players who spent a minimum of nine seasons with the Giants or five seasons with at least one All-Star selection.

Estes was the No. 11 overall pick by the Mariners in 1991, and Aurilia played for Seattle in 2004.


The Royals gave manager Ned Yost a two-year contract extension through 2012. … The Cardinals retired former manager Whitey Herzog’s No. 24. … Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier left the club to return to Los Angeles for the birth of his second child, a boy. He isn’t expected to return for today’s game. … Pittsburgh recalled infielders Argenis Diaz and former Mariners catcher Jeff Clement from Indianapolis. … Tigers right-hander Armando Galarraga said he will make his next start after leaving Friday’s game after being hit by a line drive from the bat of Boston’s Kevin Youkilis on his right ankle. … Major League Baseball rescinded a four-game suspension for Braves reliever Jonny Venters, deciding he didn’t purposely throw at Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder on July 17. The A’s recalled pitcher Boof Bonser from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned reliever Cedric Bowers to the River Cats. … The Astros are close to a multiyear contract extension with starting pitcher Brett Myers, general manager Ed Wade said. … Boston designated outfielder Jeremy Hermida for assignment.