Talk about an untimely injury.
With the trade deadline less than two weeks away, one of the Red Sox' reported third-base targets -- the Marlins' Martin Prado -- has been placed on the 10-day disabled list because of a sprained right knee. He suffered the injury Monday night while fielding a ground ball and throwing to first in Miami's 6-5 win over the Phillies.
It's the third trip to the DL this season for Prado, 33, who was sidelined twice before by a right hamstring injury. He's hitting .254/.283/.362 in 145 plate appearances.
The Red Sox . . . were recently reported as having interest in a package deal with the Marlins in which they would acquire Prado as well as reliever David Phelps. Prado’s injury might mean the Marlins will have to try to move him through waivers in August instead.
If so, it probably won't be to Boston unless every other third-base option for the Sox falls through. It's doubtful Dave Dombrowski will wait for Prado to become available again, especially considering the veteran infielder is owed approximately $34 million through the end of his contract in 2019.