In his first at-bat of the NLCS, Adam Duvall came down with an injury after fouling a ball into the bleachers. He was immediately pulled from the game, and Brian Snitker said the injury did not look good.
Unfortunately, the Braves had to make the difficult decision of removing Duvall from the postseason roster with an oblique injury, replacing him with Johan Camargo.
The #Braves today added INF Johan Camargo to the club’s National League Championship Series roster, replacing OF Adam Duvall. Duvall suffered a strained left oblique muscle in last night’s game.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 13, 2020
The worst part about this is it means Duvall will also not be available for the World Series if the Braves make it that far, meaning Johan Camargo could be relied on throughout these playoffs.
Yesterday, Cristian Pache took over for Duvall in the outfield. However, with Camargo now on the roster, the Braves could opt to move Austin Riley or Marcell Ozuna to the outfield — allowing Camargo to play third base or DH.
Camargo was awful at the plate in 35 games this season, hitting just .200 with four home runs before being demoted to the alternate site. Hopefully, somewhere deep down inside of him is the 3.1 WAR player from 2018 that smacked 19 homers and 27 doubles to the tune of an .806 OPS. Given that Pache is only 21 and has limited MLB experience, it might be best if the Braves gave Camargo the opportunity to start. If he falters, don’t be surprised if he’s on a short leash — every at bat matters against an explosive LA offense.