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Charlie Culberson done for the season

Not a surprise but another blow to the Braves’ bench

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It is not a terrible surprise given the situation but the Atlanta Braves will be without utility man Charlie Culberson for the remainder of the season. Brian Snitker broke the news during Sunday’s postgame press session following the Braves’ loss to the Nationals.

Culberson has multiple facial fractures but none were displaced and surgery won’t be necessary. That in itself is good news and probably the best case scenario given how ugly Culberson’s injury was.

The Braves have clinched their spot in the postseason and are closing in on another NL East title. However, their depth has taken a significant hit with the loss of Johan Camargo and now Culberson. Atlanta hasn’t yet completely ruled Camargo, who suffered a fractured shin on a foul ball, out for the postseason but at this point it seems doubtful that he will be ready for the division series.

Adeiny Hechavarria becomes that much more important and we could see more of Austin Riley over the final two weeks of the season as Atlanta searches for answers for its bench with the postseason looming.

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