Prado excited to face former Braves teammates

Prado excited to face former Braves teammates

PHOENIX -- D-backs infielder Martin Prado spent seven years playing for the Braves and another five years in Atlanta's Minor League system.

For the first time Monday, he will play against the Braves when they open a three-game series at Chase Field, and Prado is looking forward to renewing acquaintances.

"It's going to be fun to play against them," he said. "They know me well and I know them well, so it's going to be fun. I'm excited to see them."

Since coming over to the D-backs in the January trade that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta, Prado has remained in touch with a number of the Braves players.

"I've been talking to Eric O'Flaherty and Craig Kimbrel and they said, 'We're going to throw you fastballs right down the middle' and I said, 'Yeah right, I believe that,'" Prado said with a laugh.

Prado's close friend, Atlanta catcher Brian McCann, is back on the field after missing the first month of the season with an injured right shoulder.

"I'm so happy that McCann is playing," Prado said. "He's such a good teammate, a real professional. He takes winning very seriously, he's a competitor. He's a real humble guy and he helps a young team, the young kids. I'm just happy he's healthy."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.