Braves’ Prado out rest of season

Atlanta third baseman Martin Prado will miss the rest of the season including any playoffs, after an MRI on Tuesday night showed he tore an oblique muscle.

Doctors say Prado, who also bruised his hip, will need two months’ rest with zero activity but should ready for spring training.

”It’s bad news. He’s got two problems,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said.

”It’s a big blow, but we can’t use it as an excuse,” Atlanta pitcher Tim Hudson said.

Prado will be replaced by Brooks Conrad, who had an RBI triple and scored on Eric Hinske’s two-run homer in Atlanta’s 3-2 win over the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.

”I wish I could have gotten some more hits earlier in the game,” Conrad said. ”Obviously Prado going down wasn’t what I was looking for.”

Prado, who was hitting .307 with 15 home runs and 66 RBIs, left Monday’s game after grounding to the pitcher in the fifth inning with runners at first and third and two outs.

Prado said he originally injured himself on a diving catch in the fourth inning, then aggravated it when he swung in the fifth.

Prado said after he swung, he heard a pop and couldn’t run.