The Braves announced that outfielder Nick Markakis is headed to the injured list after he was “potentially exposed to COVID-19.” Markakis tested negative for the virus, but the Braves noted they want to take a cautious approach.
Of course, this news further explains why the Braves promoted outfield prospect Cristian Pache to the majors earlier this afternoon. Markakis is now the second regular in their outfield to land on the shelf since the weekend, as the Braves previously placed Ronald Acuna Jr. on the IL with a left wrist injury. They’re now down to Pache, Marcell Ozuna, Ender Inciarte and Adam Duvall as their main options in the grass.
Before the regular season began, Markakis was one of several notable veterans around baseball to opt out over coronavirus concerns. However, shortly after the season started, the 36-year-old did a 180 and opted back in. The move has paid off handsomely for Atlanta, as Markakis has batted a stellar .353/.421/.618 in 38 plate appearances. Unfortunately, though, his season will come to a halt for an unknown period of time.