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When will Michael Harris return to Braves’ lineup this season?

We’ve got the latest updates for Michael Haris and when he’ll return in 2023.

Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Harris II (23) steals 2nd base during the Braves 2023 home opener MLB game between the Atlanta Braves and the San Diego Padres on April 6, 2023 at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves added center fielder Michael Harris to the 10-day injured list on Friday, April 7. Harris injured his back sliding into second on a stolen base attempt against the San Diego Padres. He was removed from the game for precautionary reasons but wound up on the 10-day IL anyway. In a corresponding move, the Braves recalled OF Eli White.

Michael Harris injury update

April 17 update — Harris won’t be able to return when first eligible like he planned, but it sounds like he’ll be back with the Braves at some point this week:

April 10 update — Manager Brian Snitker told reporters on Sunday that Harris II is progressing well and could return as soon as he’s eligible next week:

April 7 update — Harris has played in all seven games so far this season. He is hitting .217 with a double and an RBI. Harris has already swiped two stolen bases and is considered a legitimate threat to have a 30/30 season.

Atlanta has solid outfield depth to get by, while Harris is sidelined. Ronald Acuna leads the way and could slide over to center as long as Harris isn’t in the outfield. The Braves still have Marcell Ozuna, Eddie Rosario, Kevin Pillar and Sam Hilliard to fill out the outfield. Pillar could also be another option to play center field with his defensive prowess. White could be depth on the bench, with Pillar and Hilliard getting first cracks at playing time.