The last thing you want to see happen this close to a World Series berth is injuries. Not just for the Braves, but for any organization. Atlanta came into the NLCS relatively health, with no new injuries outside of the season-ending ones that have been around all year to Cole Hamels and Mike Soroka. However, in the second inning of Game 1, Adam Duvall came down grimacing after fouling a ball into the seats.
Duvall left the game, and on the broadcast, Brian Snitker confirmed it was an oblique injury and said he talked to the trainers, who said it did not look good.
Snitker talking Duvall on FOX broadcast: It wasn't good. Talked to the trainers. Oblique, those things aren't ever good. "I hate it for him."
— Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) October 13, 2020
Cristian Pache replaced him in the middle of the at-bat, and he could be the starting center fielder for the remainder of the series, with Ronald Acuña moving to right, and Nick Markakis to left.
This puts the Braves in a tricky position. If the injury is bad enough, they will have to replace him on the roster for the remainder of the series, meaning he will not be able to play in the World Series. They have Ender Inciarte available on their taxi squad, but if the issue is minor, and Duvall is considered day-to-day, the Braves may consider rolling the dice and sticking with 27-men on the roster until he is healthy enough to play.
We will keep you updated with Duvall’s status as updates are provided throughout the night.