The Braves announced a series of roster moves Friday afternoon, including the return of outfielder Nick Markakis.
As expected, Markakis rejoined the team after a fractured hand had him on the injured list since July 27. He’ll return playing left field, allowing Matt Joyce, who’s thrived in Markakis’ absence, to handle right.
While the Braves regained a steady presence in their lineup, they lost utilityman Johan Camargo, who went on the 10-day IL with a right shin fracture. Camargo was injured when he fouled a pitch off his right leg Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
Camargo hasn’t been ruled out for the season, according to manager Brian Snitker. The injury is being treated like a bruise and Camargo could theoretically return in 2-1/2 to three weeks. Given the postseason begins the first week of October, it remains unlikely Camargo resurfaces in 2019.
The Braves are a much deeper team than even two months ago, but losing Camargo is a tough blow after the versatile 25-year-old was beginning to play better.
The team also recalled a trio of pitching prospects to aid the bullpen during the final 14 games. Right-handers Kyle Wright, Bryse Wilson and Touki Toussaint are back.
It’s possible, if not likely, at least one of those pitchers makes a start after the Braves clinch the National League East.
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