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Nick Markakis, Ender Inciarte progressing in return from injury

Markakis could return as early as next weekend.

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The Atlanta Braves could be closing in on the return of a pair of injured outfielders before the end of the regular season. Both Nick Markakis and Ender Inciarte are progressing in their return from injury.

Markakis has been out since July 26 with a fractured wrist. He is scheduled to take part in sim games next week while the team is on the road and there is a chance, according to’s Mark Bowman, that he could be activated as soon as next weekend.

Inciarte has been recovering from a hamstring strain since August 16. He has been ramping up his level of activity and has been hitting off the pitching machine. There still is no current timeline for his return but he says that he is hopeful that he will be able to return before the end of the regular season.

The Braves will have some decisions to make when they pair down their roster to 25 players for the playoffs. It is imperative that both Markakis and Inciarte get some at-bats over the final weeks of the regular season if they are to be in the mix for the postseason roster.

Atlanta will wrap up a nine-game homestand this weekend against the Nationals before heading out on a seven-game trip that will take them to Philadelphia and Washington.

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