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Braves leadoff hitter Michael Harris II headed to the IL with a hamstring injury

ATLANTA – Atlanta leadoff hitter and center fielder Michael Harris II will be placed on the 10-day injured list after leaving the Braves’ game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night with tightness in his left hamstring.

Harris led off the first inning with a single off right-hander Zack Littell. When Ozzie Albies followed with a double down the right field line, Harris advanced to third base, but showed discomfort and stopped before reaching third base.

Braves manager Brian Snitker and assistant coach Jeff Stevenson visited Harris at third base and quickly made the decision to remove him from the game. JP Martínez came in as a pinch runner for Harris and a replacement in center field.

Snitker said Harris will undergo imaging tests Saturday but will definitely be placed on the IL.

“He said he felt something,” Snitker said. “That’s usually not good.”

Martínez could be part of the team’s midfield solution.

“Someone gets a chance to do something good,” Snitker said. “Tonight we will decide who that will be.”

Martínez scored on Marcell Ozuna’s three-run homer in the Braves’ five-run inning.

The Braves lost right fielder and reigning NL MVP Ronald Acuña Jr. from a season-ending knee injury on May 26. Acuña had surgery in Los Angeles to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Acuña tore his right ACL on July 20, 2021 and came back strong with his 2023 MVP season.

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