929 The Game Atlanta Braves insider Joe Patrick joined Dukes & Bell and talked about Braves outfielder Jorge Soler testing positive for Covid-19 and now being off the team's NLDS roster as Christian Pache will replace him.
Patrick talked about how long the team might be without Soler if they advance to NLCS.
“He could potentially be out for however long it takes for him to test negative again which would be up to a couple of weeks, you never really know with Covid,” Patrick said. “It certainly is a blow for the Braves, again he hasn’t really been great but he still gives you a really quality plate appearance almost every time at the start of a game and when you have him hitting ahead of Freddie Freeman that’s a really tough start for any starting pitcher to go against when they’re starting the game. They got to be able to throw strikes right away and he’s been really good at laying off those balls, so I think it’s a big blow for the Braves. Obviously Christian Pache has been activated on to the roster but he does not really replace what Jorge Soler does in terms of giving you those kind of plate appearances and then obviously giving you the power that Jorge Soler can give you at the top of that lineup.”
Before Soler can return to the active roster he must be cleared by the joint covid-19 committee and deemed non-infectious before he can be cleared by the committee and be out a minimum of five days. Soler could return during the NLCS if cleared by joint covid-19 committee.