Another Braves player may need an IL stint

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The Braves are beginning to get some positive feedback when it comes to their injured players. A.J. Minter just returned to the active roster. Michael Harris II continues to progress positively, while Ian Anderson and AJ Smith-Shawver have both begun their rehab assignments. However, an under the radar piece may be joining them on the IL, Ramon Laureano.

Last week, Laureano was listed as day-to-day with a back issue. It wasn’t deemed anything serious, and the expectation is he would only miss a little time. But yesterday, Brian Snitker said the back issue is more of an oblique thing, and that an IL stint could now be necessary.

Not in my wildest dreams did I expect to be writing an article mid-season about the Braves missing Ramon Laureano, but that’s the state of the team right now. Due to a myriad of injuries, the back of the Braves lineup looks like something that should only be seen in Gwinnett. Laureano was searching for a job not long ago, and he’s probably the second best option to start in the Braves outfield right now, behind only Jarred Kelenic.

Through 11 games with Atlanta, the 29-year-old veteran is hitting .257 with five extra-base hits and a .714 OPS.

Photographer: Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire

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