Prado returns from DL, starting at 3B

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Martin Prado has returned from the disabled list and is starting at third base for the Braves against Washington.

Prado played eight games in his minor league rehabilitation and missed five weeks with a staph infection in his right calf. He is hitting second for the Braves in Friday night's game.

Prado, a fill-in All-Star starter at second base last season before moving to third base, opened this season as the starting left fielder. He is expected to fill in at third base for at least two weeks as Chipper Jones recovers from arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee.

Prado is hitting .277 with eight homers and 33 RBIs.

The Braves optioned infielder Brandon Hicks to Triple-A Gwinnett.