By now, most Braves players have been at camp for a couple of weeks, and the team has three games under their belt with about a month to go before the regular season. We’ve already seen a lot of good so far in Spring Training. Matt Olson and Michael Harris II already look in mid-season form. Max Fried and Spencer Strider combined for four shutout innings yesterday, but one name we haven’t heard at all is Jordan Luplow, who the Braves signed to a one-year deal this offseason.
It became apparent something was going on, and The Athletic’s David O’Brien answered that question yesterday on Twitter.
Been slowed by oblique soreness early in camp https://t.co/enr1AxHVBM
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) February 28, 2023
This is a discouraging turn of events for both Luplow and the Braves. If there’s one aspect of the team that needs someone to step up, it is left field, and Luplow looked prime to receive a legitimate opportunity in Atlanta. But like many of the other candidates, he was going to have to earn his spot on the roster with a good Spring Training.
Hopefully, Luplow can get back out on the field rather quickly, but an oblique issue can be something that lingers for well over a month. I still think he’s one of the favorites to make the Opening Day roster out of camp, but if he misses most of Spring Training, his spot will be in serious jeopardy.
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