Braves Suffer Another Setback As Key Outfielder Placed On Injured List

The Atlanta Braves’ 2024 season has been plagued by a series of unfortunate injuries, and the recent news surrounding Michael Harris II only adds to their woes. Harris, the 2022 National League Rookie of the Year, has been a critical player for the Braves despite his current offensive struggles this year. His placement on the 10-day injured list due to a left hamstring injury further depletes an already compromised outfield.

This setback follows Ronald Acuña Jr.’s second ACL tear, which initially robbed the Braves of their dynamic offensive force. Now, with Harris sidelined, the team faces yet another challenge in maintaining offensive production. Despite Harris’ diminished performance with a .653 OPS and five home runs in 67 games, his absence represents a significant loss for a struggling Braves offense, especially in a month where scoring has been a persistent issue.


To fill the void left by Harris, the Braves have turned to Ramón Laureano, a seasoned outfielder previously with the Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Guardians. Laureano, who joined the Braves after a stint in Triple-A Gwinnett, brings a mix of Major League experience and recent minor league success. Although his recent Major League stint with Cleveland saw modest batting averages, his Triple-A performance showcased promise with a .362 batting average and three home runs in 14 games.

In a corresponding move, the Braves shifted starting pitcher Spencer Strider to the 60-day injured list following Tommy John surgery earlier this season, effectively ending his 2024 campaign. This strategic roster adjustment reflects the team’s commitment to managing their roster amidst ongoing challenges.

Looking ahead, the Braves’ front office, led by general manager Alex Anthopoulos, faces mounting pressure to address their outfield depth ahead of the trade deadline. Past experience dictates that Anthopoulos isn’t afraid to make bold moves, having bolstered the outfield following Acuña’s previous injury in 2021. With Harris’ injury exacerbating their current outfield issues, the urgency to secure reliable outfield reinforcements ahead of the deadline has only intensified.

As the Braves navigate through a turbulent season marked by injuries, their resilience and strategic roster management will be key factors in their quest for postseason contention in 2024.