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**Evaluating the Braves’ Options to Replace Michael Harris II After His Injury**

Replacing Michael Harris II during his injury hiatus is a significant challenge for the Atlanta Braves.

When centerfielder Michael Harris II exited Friday’s game against the Rays with a seemingly minor hamstring tightness, hopes were high as he walked off the field unaided. However, the postgame update was more concerning: manager Brian Snitker confirmed that Harris would need to go on the IL and undergo an MRI on Saturday.

With Harris sidelined for an indefinite period (possibly extended depending on the MRI results), the Braves are now critically short on outfielders, especially since Ronald Acuna Jr. is out for the season following knee surgery. Here are some options the Braves could consider for both short-term and long-term replacements.

**Limited Depth in the Braves’ Outfield**

The biggest issue, apart from Harris being a rising star, is that he is the team’s primary centerfielder, greatly limiting Atlanta’s internal options. JP Martinez replaced Harris during the game and performed reasonably well, but he’s better suited as a fourth outfielder.


Beyond Martinez, the Braves have recently signed Brian Anderson on the 40-man roster, though he isn’t suited for center field, potentially necessitating Adam Duvall’s move to center. The only other 40-man roster option is Forrest Wall, currently in the minors. Wall, a good defender with center field experience, boasts an .820 OPS at Triple-A Gwinnett and is the most straightforward option for a call-up.



**Exploring External Options**

If the Braves seek options outside their 40-man roster, they have a few more candidates. Recently signed Ramon Laureano has center field experience and a strong arm, though his batting has struggled in recent years. Notably, Laureano was pulled from Gwinnett’s game on Friday, hinting he might be in play. Eli White is another Triple-A Gwinnett option, performing decently at the plate with outfield versatility.

**Potential Trade Deadline Acquisitions**

Depending on Harris’ MRI results, the Braves might consider trading for an outfielder by the trade deadline. They have several potential targets. Luis Robert Jr., previously linked to the Braves, is a top centerfielder but has struggled this year and might demand a high trade package. The Angels’ Taylor Ward could be a choice, though he lacks center field experience. Randy Arozarena is another enticing option if the Braves can cover center defensively; the Rays often trade players before they become costly. However, he is having a down year and might not be worth the high cost.

Other speculative trade options include Tommy Pham, Heston Kjerstad, and Mike Yastrzemski, though each comes with defensive and performance concerns.

In conclusion, while the Braves can likely find a temporary replacement for Harris, the quality and suitability of available options are uncertain. Fans will be hoping for positive news from Harris’ MRI, as the current alternatives present significant challenges.

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