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Braves acquire Norton from Seattle

POSTED: May 17, 2008 5:00 a.m.

ATLANTA — The Braves acquired first baseman-outfielder Greg Norton from the Seattle Mariners on Monday, giving their bench a boost after placing infielder Martin Prado on the 15-day disabled list.

The Mariners, who designated Norton for assignment on April 30, will receive a player to be named or cash considerations from the Braves.

Norton was 7-for-16 (.435) in six games for Seattle this season. He also played seven games for Triple-A Tacoma, hitting .409.

The 35-year-old Norton played with Tampa Bay in 2006 and ‘07. He hit .243 in 202 at-bats last season.

Norton has a .253 career batting average with 82 home runs and 300 RBIs.

The Braves, who were off Monday, placed Prado on the DL with a sprained left thumb and transferred reliever Peter Moylan to the 60-day DL.

Prado was examined Monday and his left hand was placed in a cast. He will not need surgery but is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Prado was injured Sunday while making a fill-in start at shortstop for Yunel Escobar.

Manager Bobby Cox said Sunday that Moylan is facing season-ending elbow surgery.



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