The NL East-leading Atlanta Braves were dealt a blow over the weekend after starting right fielder Nick Markakis broke his wrist after being hit by a pitch.
The veteran outfielder was struck flush on his left wrist while batting against Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Irvin. Markakis tried to stay in the game after being hit but quickly realized that he had suffered a serious injury and needed to be removed.
Markakis has been Atlanta’s 5-hole hitter throughout the season and has provided consistent production for the division-leading Braves. The 2018 All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award winner has hit .284 with 9 home runs for the Braves this season, posting an excellent .358 on-base percentage.
If there’s any silver lining for the Braves in this situation, team doctors determined that Markakis will not need surgery to fix the wrist fracture and that he could return in mid-September, before the playoffs start at the end of the month.
In the meantime, Atlanta has called up former All-Star outfielder Adam Duvall from triple-A Gwinnett in order to cover the hole left by Markakis’ departure.
Atlanta can now do nothing but cross its fingers that they’ll get their quality right fielder back in time for this year’s playoffs.