How Do Braves Handle COVID-Related Losses?

Will Palaszczuk
July 08, 2020 - 10:10 am

With four positive tests and two players opting out, the Atlanta Braves suffered a severe blow to their roster starting their first week of Summer Camp workouts.

The Braves went into the season with a variety of options to use in a lineup with projected length, but now sit tasked with filling the holes vacated by Freddie Freeman & Nick Markakis.

If Freeman can't start the season, either Austin Riley or Adam Duvall becomes the next man up, per the Batter Up! Podcast.

Caleb Johnson believes Duvall is the choice for now at first, because he has more experience than Riley at the position.

Joe Patrick believes that Riley will assume a utility role between first base, third base, DH & potentially the outfield if his bat warrants him staying in the lineup.

Atlanta will play its first 20 games of the season without an off day, meaning the Braves everyday lineup could have some fluidity in order to keep guys fresh.

As far as the rotation goes, the departure of Felix Hernandez along with the unknown timetable of Touki Touissant's COVID-related absence opens the door for Sean Newcomb. The 27-year-old southpaw found himself on the outside looking in at a rotation spot, despite a solid spring, but now finds himself on the doorstep as one of the pitchers the Braves need to count on in this 60-game sprint.

For more on the changes the Braves need to make, click the excerpt from the Batter Up! Podcast below. Download the podcast here, on the app, or wherever you get your podcasts.