Cristian Pache, the team’s top prospect, has struggled mightily at the plate in his first full season manning center and is on the IL for the second time. Heredia will join fellow veteran Ender Inciarte as the team’s center-field options. Inciarte, who also recently returned from a hamstring injury, started in his first game back Friday. Inciarte and Heredia will see ample playing time.
“It’ll be good that we don’t have to tax either one of those guys,” manager Brian Snitker said. “We can divvy up the workload and hopefully keep them both upright.”
The Braves continue their series against the Brewers on Saturday. They’ll return home Monday for a seven-game homestand against the Mets and Pirates.