The Braves have added infielder Johan Camargo to the NLCS roster, the team announced. Camargo will replace Adam Duvall, who suffered an oblique injury in yesterday’s Game 1. While Duvall’s injury would likely have sidelined him anyway, his removal from the NLCS roster means he is officially ineligible to play in the World Series should the Braves advance.
Camargo has mostly played in the infield during his four-year career, though he does have a handful of appearances as a corner outfielder. Atlanta isn’t really hurting for outfield depth given the presence of Ronald Acuna, Marcell Ozuna, Nick Markakis, Cristian Pache and utilityman Charlie Culberson on the roster, plus third baseman Austin Riley can play left field in a pinch. With Camargo now adding to the infield depth, the Braves could be more apt to go to Culberson or Riley as a late-game sub.
Moreso than defensive concerns, replacing Duvall with Camargo is a significant hit to Atlanta’s lineup. Duvall hit .237/.301/.532 with 16 homers over 209 PA this season, while Camargo hasn’t hit well in either of the last two seasons. That said, the Braves have plenty of other bats to theoretically pick up the offensive slack, while it should be noted that Duvall had only a .443 OPS in 21 plate appearances during this postseason.