There have probably been ten different points in this season where news broke, and it just felt like it wasn’t meant to be for the Braves in 2021. However, somehow they’ve found themselves up two games to one in the NLCS. Obviously, we know they are without Marcell Ozuna, Ronald Acuña, and Mike Soroka, who are all done for the season. Soler is also likely to miss the entire NLCS with COVID. The earliest he can possibly return is Game 6, and now, the Braves are without Huascar Ynoa, adding to a long list of misfortune.
They are assessing all of that. Ynoa tried to play catch this afternoon and was sore. He will need to be evaluated by a MLB-approved physician to potentially be replaced on the roster. https://t.co/siv4UOtjTU
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) October 20, 2021
My gut feeling is Ynoa will be replaced on the roster. He’s 23-years-old, and one of the Braves’ top up-and-coming pitchers. They aren’t going to take any risks with him. However, that won’t matter tonight. Atlanta will be without their starting pitcher in a game that was already scheduled to feature most of the Braves bullpen — not ideal, to say the least.
Hopefully, the rest of the team views it as just another bump in the road. The Braves have already overcome a laundry list of misfortunate; Huascar Ynoa shouldn’t be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. If the Braves can somehow claw out a victory in Game 4, the series sets up very well for them. They are scheduled to have Max Fried, Ian Anderson, and Charlie Morton pitch Games 5, 6, and 7 — with Games 6 and 7 taking place at Truist Park.
Thanks for reading about the Braves’ misfortune this series. If you liked this article, make sure to check out another piece from Chase on if the Braves bullpen needs a re-shuffling in the NLCS.