LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Martin Prado has prepared himself for the likelihood that he will not spend his entire professional career with the Braves. But he admits he still felt some concern as he went through the winter knowing his name was linked to many trade rumors.
"I was shocked, but I knew it was going to happen, at least the rumors," Prado said. "This is a business and I love the Braves. They are the team that gave me an opportunity. But I knew at some point of my career this was going to happen. I'm not thinking about that. This is something I can't control. Whatever their decision was, I was going to respect that."
Braves general manager Frank Wren said throughout the offseason that he would not make a trade unless it was one that would substantially improve his club. As the winter progressed, it became more apparent that teams were not as willing to provide as much for Prado as they might have before he struggled through last year's frustrating summer.
One year after earning his first All-Star selection, Prado spent this past season producing career lows in batting average (.260), on-base percentage (.302) and slugging percentage (.385). His struggles were enhanced in June when he developed a staph infection that sidelined him for a little more than a month.
Prado spent this offseason attempting to regain all his strength while doing some performance training with Tom Shaw, who has worked with Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and a number of other notable athletes.
"When the season starts, I'm going to be ready to go," Prado said. "Hopefully when the season starts, I can stay healthy the whole year. That's something I've never done before. That's my principal goal right now."
Hanson in accident, checked for concussion
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tommy Hanson was treated for a potential concussion after being involved in a one-car accident while traveling to the Braves' Spring Training complex early Monday morning.
Hanson informed the Braves that he blew a tire and might have hit his head when his car went off the road a little after 7 a.m. ET. The 25-year-old pitcher arrived at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex a short time later and began preparing for the first workout of the year for Atlanta's pitchers and catchers.
After sitting through manager Fredi Gonzalez's meeting at 9:30 a.m., Hanson informed members of the medical staff that he was not feeling right. Braves trainer Jeff Porter sent the right-handed pitcher to an area doctor to determine whether he suffered a concussion.
"We've just got to do some preliminary checks on him," Gonzalez said. "I don't see anything that is going to be glaring. He bumped his head. He doesn't know whether it was on the glass or the steering wheel or something."
The Braves had not received any updates as of early Monday afternoon. Hanson did not have any noticeable bruises or scrapes.
"From what I understand, there was no police report or anything," Gonzalez said. "He just came around the corner a little bit too hot."
Gonzalez said he thought Hanson could participate in Tuesday's workout if he did not suffer a concussion.
Gilmartin excited for first Spring Training
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- As Sean Gilmartin drove toward the Braves' Spring Training complex Sunday, he thought about the fact that he had been preparing to face Virginia Military Institute around this same time last year.
Now he found himself preparing to rub elbows with Chipper Jones and soak in the thrill of his first big league Spring Training.
"I don't know what to expect, but I guess it will all work itself out," Gilmartin said. "It will be fun."
After the Braves selected Gilmartin with the 28th overall selection in last year's First-Year Player Draft, the 21-year-old left-hander made his first five professional starts over the summer and then pitched in the Arizona Fall League.
Gilmartin recorded 30 strikeouts and issued two walks in 21 1/3 innings for the Class A Rome Braves. He surrendered three home runs during that short span and five more in 29 innings in the AFL.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez addressed pitchers and catchers before Monday's workout. He drew some raised eyebrows and laughs when he told the players that if they wanted to listen to music in the clubhouse they would have to use a personal device like a walkman. ... Gonzalez once again said that Kris Medlen will work like a starting pitcher during Spring Training to prepare for the possibility that he could begin the season in the rotation. Right now, it appears he is targeted to begin the year as a reliever.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.