Braves OF Cristian Pache will go on IL with hamstring strain

Braves center fielder Cristian Pache follows through on a grand slam in front of Toronto Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk during the second inning Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Dunedin, Fla. (Mike Carlson/AP)

Credit: Mike Carlson

Credit: Mike Carlson

Braves center fielder Cristian Pache follows through on a grand slam in front of Toronto Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk during the second inning Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Dunedin, Fla. (Mike Carlson/AP)

Braves outfielder Cristian Pache exited Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays in the third inning with right-hamstring tightness. Pache will go on the 10-day injured list with a hamstring strain, manager Brian Snitker said after the game.

Pache showed discomfort while running out a grounder in the previous inning. The 22-year-old already has missed time earlier in the season with a left-groin strain.

Ronald Acuna shifted from right field to center field upon Pache’s exit. Ehire Adrianza moved from third base to right field. Austin Riley, who was getting a rest day, entered at third. Acuna later exited with an ankle injury, shifting Adrianza to center and Riley to right. Johan Camargo played third. Acuna is considered day-to-day.

Veteran outfielder Ender Inciarte (hamstring) will return from his rehab assignment in Triple-A and handle center in Pache’s absence, Snitker said. Guillermo Heredia, who’s also played center because of injuries this season, isn’t an option because of his own hamstring injury.

Pache has struggled mightily at the plate in his first extended run as a starting outfielder. He’s hitting .111 (7-for-63). Pache had hits in his first two games, including a grand slam, earlier this month after returning from the injured list. But he has only one hit in his past nine contests (1-for-27).

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