Duvall could form a platoon with Nick Markakis in left field and designated hitter this season, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Marcell Ozuna was expected to be Atlanta's left fielder this season, but with a DH now available to NL teams for 2020, Ozuna's shaky defense could limit his reps in left and open the door for Markakis and Duvall to platoon. As the right-handed hitter of the duo, Duvall's playing time would be limited, but he'd still see more action than he would have as purely a bench bat, which seemed to be the role he was headed for. Austin Riley could also factor into the LF/DH mix depending on how much action he sees at third base, however, and he would be a direct threat to Duvall's at-bats.
Duvall posted a .310/.394/.414 slash line through 33 plate appearances before spring training was suspended.
The veteran outfielder didn't hit a homer, but otherwise he appeared to be on course for Opening Day before MLB was put on pause. Duvall is expected to be Atlanta's primary right-handed pinch-hitter this season, but he may not see many starts in a crowded outfield -- and there's still a chance he gets squeezed off the 26-man roster if the team elects to keep both Austin Riley and Johan Camargo in the majors, which would leave Duvall fighting with Charlie Culberson for the final spot on the bench.
The Braves plan to maximize at-bats for Duvall this spring, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Speaking to reporters Friday, manager Brian Snitker said that veteran outfielders Nick Markakis and Marcell Ozuna will not play much to begin the exhibition season. As a result, Duvall will get plenty of opportunity to prove he should travel north with the team to begin the regular season. He'll be competing with the likes of Austin Riley, Johan Camargo and Austin Riley for a backup role on the outfield depth chart.
Duvall agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million deal with the Braves on Friday, avoiding arbitration, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
This is his second year as an arbitration-eligible player. He will have two more years in the arbitration system before becoming a free agent after the 2022 season.
Duvall went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and a pair of walks in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.
Duvall brought the Braves within one with a two-run homer off Drew Smyly in the fourth inning. Across 29 games in the majors this season, the 31-year-old outfielder has tallied seven home runs while batting .256/.320/.533.
Duvall was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.
Duvall is back with the big club after a minimum stay in the minors. He's slashing .241/.289/.494 with six home runs in 26 big-league games this season and should serve as outfield depth for the Braves down the stretch.
Duvall was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
Duvall had spent some time as the everyday left fielder in Atlanta in early August but had recently fallen to the short side of a platoon. He'll head to the minors for now with Dansby Swanson returning from a foot injury, but he'll presumably be back in a bench role in early September once rosters expand.
Duvall is not in Thursday's lineup against the Marlins.
He has not started against a right-handed pitcher since Aug. 10. Rafael Ortega will start in left field against righty Sandy Alcantara.
Duvall is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Marlins.
He has always been better against lefties (102 wRC+) than righties (89 wRC+), but with all the injuries in Atlanta's outfield, Duvall is serving as a semi-regular option. Rafael Ortega is starting in left field and hitting eighth against righty Elieser Hernandez.
Duvall was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett prior to Saturday's game against the Dodgers.
Ender Inciarte (hamstring), Nick Markakis (wrist) and Austin Riley (knee) are all on the injured list, so the Braves needed Duvall back in the big leagues. He went 5-for-43 in his final 13 games before he was optioned Thursday but should be in for fairly regular work in the short term.
Duvall was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
The 30-year-old was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett along with Johan Camargo on Friday. Duvall slugged five home runs with 10 RBI and 11 runs in his 19 games with the big-league club since being added to the roster in late July. Adeiny Hechavarria and Bryse Wilson were added to the major-league roster in corresponding moves.
Duvall is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mets.
Duvall is slashing just .136/.224/.227 with a 36.7 percent strikeout rate through 13 games this month. As such, he'll head to the bench for the third time in four games as Matt Joyce picks up a start in the outfield Thursday.
Duvall is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Mets.
Duvall is sitting for the second straight game after going 4-for-38 with two runs and three RBI over his last 10 games. Matt Joyce is starting in left field, batting sixth.
Duvall is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins.
After an 0-for-5, two-strikeout showing Saturday, Duvall is now batting .108 (4-for-37) in his last nine games, with 15 strikeouts against three walks during that span. He started this big-league stint with 12 hits -- including five homers -- in his first 25 at-bats. Charlie Culberson gets the nod in left field against Hector Noesi in the series finale.
Duvall went hitless and struck out four times in five at-bats Tuesday in the Braves' 12-7 win over the Twins.
After being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett in late July, Duvall went 12-for-25 with five home runs in his first six games with the big club, unseating rookie Austin Riley for an everyday role in the outfield in the process. Though Duvall will make his 12th consecutive start in Wednesday's series finale, his grip on a full-time gig may be loosening. Since the hot six-game stretch, Duvall has gone 2-for-18 while striking out 11 times in five contests.
Duvall went 1-for-3 with a home run in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Reds.
Duvall crushed a 431-foot leadoff homer against Wandy Peralta in the sixth inning to extend Atlanta's lead to 4-1. The 30-year-old has now homered in five of his six games since getting recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. Through 25 plate appearances, Duvall is slashing .480/.462/1.120 with seven RBI and seven runs scored. Obviously those numbers won't last forever, but it might be worth it to the Braves to make room for the slugger while he's hot.
Duvall went 4-for-5 with two home runs and three runs scored in Tuesday's 11-8 win over the Nationals.
Duvall was recalled Saturday and has played only four games with the Braves this season, but he's already managed to make quite an impact during his brief time in the majors. The 30-year-old is 9-for-17 with three home runs and figures to continue seeing regular opportunities, at least until he cools down.
Duvall will start in right field and bat fifth Monday against the Nationals, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
With a left-hander (Patrick Corbin) on the mound for Washington, Ender Inciarte will head to the bench, leaving room in the lineup for both Duvall and Austin Riley at the corner-outfield spots. Because Inciarte is capable of playing center field and is swinging a hot bat since returning from the injured list earlier this month, he'll likely be assured a regular work versus right-handed pitching, leaving Duvall and Riley to battle for the remaining starting spot opposite Ronald Acuna. After mashing at Triple-A Gwinnett this season and producing four hits over his first two starts with Atlanta, Duvall could retain the edge on the job over Riley, who is batting just .167 with a 42.4 percent strikeout rate in July. It's worth noting that Riley was on the bench for each of the previous four contests and is batting lower in the lineup (seventh) than Duvall in the series opener in Washington.
Duvall went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, two RBI and a home run in Saturday's win at Philadelphia.
Duvall was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett earlier Saturday and immediately slotted into the starting lineup to make his season debut with the Braves. The 30-year-old had a disappointing .639 OPS between Atlanta and Cincinnati last season, and he'll look to rediscover the power stroke that led to back-to-back 30-homer seasons in 2016 and 2017.
Duvall was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.
Nick Markakis (wrist) was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. The 30-year-old outfielder has enjoyed a nice season in Triple-A, slashing .259/.349/.582 with 29 home runs and 84 RBI in 347 at-bats. He figures to get some starts versus left-handed pitching moving forward.
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