After dropping the first two in the series, the Marlins are looking for a spark. Prado hopes to provide it. On Friday he was reinstated from the disabled list, where he had been sidelined since June 18 with a right shoulder sprain.
Getting Prado back is a boost for the Marlins. But as he shakes off the rust, he's also adjusting to playing second base now that Dee Gordon (dislocated left thumb) is on the DL.
"I'm not making excuses," said Prado, who played just his second game at second base this year after 63 games at third. "It's a change, but I've done it in the past. I haven't played in a while, but that's not an excuse. I have to come in and help the team any way I can."
In the first inning, Prado had the ball stuck in his glove on what could have been a double play. He got the force at second on Maikel Franco's grounder. If the double play was turned, they may have been able to save a run.
In the sixth inning, a baserunning gaffe came after Prado delivered an RBI double, which scored Ichiro Suzuki.
With no outs, Christian Yelich grounded to the hole at short. Freddy Galvis, who had no play on Yelich at first, was able to get Prado trying to advance to third.
"I was too aggressive," Prado said. "With no outs, it's not necessary for you to go to third base. That was going to be a tough play for the shortstop throwing to first base. Yeli runs pretty good down the line.
"It's one of those games where when you don't play for a month, it catches up to you."