The injury bug keeps biting the Braves.
Already this week Atlanta has placed left-handers Drew Smyly and Max Fried, and outfielder Cristian Pache, on the injured list, and on Friday outfielder Ender Inciarte had to exit the game in the fourth inning against the Cubs after injuring his left hamstring while advancing to third base on a Kyle Wright double.
Inciarte, who was making his fourth start of the year, was poised to see his playing time increase with Pache on the shelf with a groin injury. He hit a two-out single to reach base in the fourth, and he came up limping somewhere between second and third while advancing on Wright’s double down the left-field line. Inciarte was replaced in center field by Guillermo Heredia.
Inciarte has been a solid contributor for the Braves since joining the club in 2014, though he has been used more in a reserve role over the last two seasons. He is hitting .294 this year with five hits in 17 at-bats.
It is unclear who the Braves would add to the roster if Inciarte goes on the IL, but infielder Orlando Arcia, recently acquired from the Brewers in a trade, is one candidate.