Atlanta Braves outfielder Sam Hilliard had to exit tonight’s contest against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hilliard suffered the injury trying to leg out an infield single leading off the bottom of the second.
Hilliard is the second Braves left-fielder to go down with an injury in the last four days. Normally, Eddie Rosario is in left against right-handed pitching, but he is nursing a sore hamstring. The injury came on Saturday night against the White Sox when Eddie couldn’t get to some otherwise catchable fly balls.
Rosario has avoided an IL stint thus far, as the team is treating it as day-to-day, but with the injury to Hilliard we could see either Eddie back in the field or on the IL as early as tomorrow. Kevin Pillar has entered the game as of now, and may be in line for more starts with this development.
This morning the team announced the promotion of outfielder Forrest Wall to provide some depth in the outfield. The Hilliard injury is a huge bummer for a guy that hasn’t seen much playing time recently.
Hlliard had a .239 batting average with three home runs and four stolen bases in 2023 entering tonight’s game. The last two nights were the first starts Hilliard had recieved since late May.
There is no official word yet on what the injury to Hilliard is and the severity of it. However, he was able to gingerly walk around on the injury so we can at least hope for the best.
Should Rosario not be deemed ready to return to action and Hilliard’s injury require an IL trip, the Braves may look to Eli White or the recently claimed Dalton Guthrie who are the current outfielders in Gwinnett on the 40-man roster. For now let’s just hope for some positive news on the Braves left fielders and the injury bug has creeped up on us. Stay tuned here at the site for the latest on all the injuries.