The Braves infield is suffering from an injury the team can’t afford to deal with

The Atlanta Braves are already looking to gain ground in the NL East, but their matchup with the Red Sox on Tuesday proved costly due to a key injury.

Given the injuries that the Atlanta Braves been forced to endure for the past two seasons, it’s truly remarkable that they won the World Series trophy last year and also that they’re fighting for a playoff spot again this year. But the hits just keep coming.

On Tuesday night against the Red Sox In a tight game that went into extra innings, things were looking good for Atlanta as they clinched an important road win when the injury bug appeared out of nowhere to bite them.

Second baseman Orlando Arcia came up in the top part of the 10th inning and hit a hit into left field and was clearly thinking of an easy double. But as he rounded first base, he clearly felt something was wrong with his leg, so much so that it slowed him, preventing him from sliding to second and then causing him to lose his balance and was substituted became.

Arcia was then helped off the field by the Atlanta coaching staff, who were clearly hampered by the injury.

Braves: Orlando Arcia’s injury puts the infield under pressure

From looks alone – with the strong disclaimer that I’m not a doctor – it looked like he’d torn a muscle, maybe his Achilles tendon, while running the bases. Regardless, it’s an injury the Braves can’t afford.

Arcia has only started at second base due to the long-standing injury of second All-Star baseman Ozzie Albies. Now that the replacement is likely to be out of the lineup for some time, they will be reaching out to Ehire Adrianza for a post-deadline pickup, and may even try to bring back Robinson Cano, whom they dated after taking over Adrianza DFA contingent, or any other substitute that is available.

Still, this is another hitter the Braves won’t have in their lineup after already being without Albies and Adam Duvall, with the latter missing for the season. And infield depth is now in question, ruling out their next moves.

For a team that entered the division seven games behind the Mets on Tuesday, this is the last thing fans wanted to see in Fenway. The Braves infield is suffering from an injury the team can’t afford to deal with

John Verrall

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