Ender Inciarte to miss NLDS with hamstring strain

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With only days left in the regular season, every injury has season-ending or playoff-affecting ramifications. Braves manager Brian Snitker announced as much on Friday, telling reporters that outfielder Ender Inciarte will be shut down with a right hamstring strain through the National League Division Series, if not longer.

Inciarte, 28, sustained the injury in mid-August and has been on a slow path back to the field ever since. Although the Braves were preparing to activate the outfielder for their final series of the season, those plans were nixed when he reportedly felt some discomfort while working out on Friday.

Instead of prepping for the postseason, he’ll finish his sixth major-league campaign batting .246/.343/.397 with five home runs, a .740 OPS, and a career-worst 0.9 fWAR through 230 plate appearances. While he’s far removed from some of the All-Star numbers he posted with the Braves in 2018, it’s been a considerably more difficult season for the veteran Inciarte, whose time on the shelf has been complicated by both a hamstring injury and a lumbar strain this year.

Snitker hasn’t ruled out Inciarte’s return just yet; per The Athletic’s David O’Brien, the outfielder could make an appearance in the NLCS if the Braves manage to advance past the NL Central winner in the first round. For now, however, it looks like they’ll take a more cautious approach to avoid complicating Inciarte’s chances of returning fully-healed in the spring.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.