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Braves’ Nick Markakis likely out 6-8 weeks because of fractured wrist

Nick Markakis #22 of the Atlanta Braves is looked at by a member of the team's medical staff along with manager Brian Snitker #43 after getting hit in the hand by a pitch during the sixth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on July 26, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Braves defeated the Phillies 9-2. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Nick Markakis #22 of the Atlanta Braves is looked at by a member of the team's medical staff along with manager Brian Snitker #43 after getting hit in the hand by a pitch during the sixth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on July 26, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Braves defeated the Phillies 9-2. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Credit: Rich Schultz

Credit: Rich Schultz

Nick Markakis, the Braves’ right-field stalwart, will be out until mid-September with a fractured wrist, the team announced Saturday. Markakis was pegged by a Cole Irvin fastball in the sixth inning of a 9-2 win in Philadelphia on Friday.

It’s a blow for the Braves, who have relied on Markakis’ consistent presence since 2015. He’s missed 12 games in that span, including none in the past two seasons. This will be his first stint on the injured list since 2012 and third in his career.

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He flew to Atlanta on Saturday morning to be further evaluated. He won’t require surgery, but is expected to miss six to eight weeks, manager Brian Snitker said.

“It’s just a matter of time to let the bone heal,” he said. “I would say with a guy like that, if you give him an estimated time, he’d probably beat it back. But it is what it is. Just needs time to heal.”

Markakis hit .284 with nine homers, 55 RBIs and a .358 on-base percentage through 104 games. The Braves called up Adam Duvall, who recently set the Gwinnett home run record, to help in the outfield.

Nick Markakis was born Nov. 17, 1983 in Glen Cove, N.Y. Markakis graduated from Woodstock High in metro Atlanta and attended Young Harris College in northeast Georgia. In Markakis' first season at Young Harris, he was Baseball America’s 2002 National Junior College Player of the Year. Markakis was drafted in the first round of the 2003 draft by the Orioles. He was the seventh player drafted. He was drafted three times. The time he was a 6-1, 160-pound high school pitcher in 2001, by the Reds in the 35th

Still, it’s difficult to replace Markakis, according to team leader Freddie Freeman, who added: “He’s hit fifth for us all year, played Gold Glove defense, veteran guy. It’s tough to replace that. I don’t know if you can replace Nick. But someone’s going to have to come in and do the best job they can do. No one has to be Nick Markakis, we just need that person to be that person and help us win ballgames.”

It’s unclear if the latest circumstances will alter the team’s approach at the trade deadline. The Braves have focused on pitching, namely relievers, before losing two of their more relied-upon position players.

For now, Snitker anticipates using a combination of players in the outfield. Ronald Acuna and Ender Inciarte likely will spend the bulk of their time in right and center, respectively, while Duvall and Austin Riley handle left.