Marlins place Martin Prado on 10-day DL

September 16, 2016: Miami Marlins Third base Martin Prado (14) [5328] during a Major League Baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)
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The Miami Marlins have placed third baseman Martin Prado on the 10-day disabled list with a right knee sprain following Monday night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The team will reinstate utility man Miguel Rojas from the DL to take his place on the 25-man roster.

Prado missed a chunk of time earlier this season, batting just .254 with a .283 on-base percentage over his first 36 games of 2017. He has clubbed a pair of home runs and driven in 12 on the year, on pace for the worst slugging percentage of his career since he was a 23-year-old.

Now 33, Prado is in the first year of a new three-year deal with Miami that will pay him $11.5 million this season, followed by $13.5 million next year, and then $15 million in 2019 to be the team’s everyday third baseman.

He has been a member of the franchise since he was acquired in a December 2014 deal with the New York Yankees. He has continued to hit since joining the Marlins, batting .305 last season and .292 over his three years with the franchise.

The team will swap out Prado for Rojas, who has been on the 60-day disabled list due to a right thumb fracture. In the 24 games he has appeared with the Marlins this season, Rojas is batting .338 with four RBIs and two stolen bases.

Filling the role of utility infielder, Rojas has appeared at both corner and middle infield spots each of the last two years. He appeared in 123 games last season, but collected just 194 at-bats, batting .247 for the year.

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