Soler, who had a combined .223 batting average with 27 home runs and 70 RBIs for Kansas City and Atlanta during the regular season, was scheduled to bat leadoff as the Braves look to finish off the best-of-five series. He was 1-for-11 with a double and two walks in the three NLDS games vs. Milwaukee.
The Braves made a series of adjustments to the batting order and to the outfield assignments, with Guillermo Heredia replacing Soler in the starting lineup and batting eighth while playing center field.h1">
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The Braves were allowed a roster substitution with outfielder Cristian Pache being added. Pache can remain on the active roster until Soler is approved to be reinstated from the COVID-19-related injured list.
In other injury news for the Braves, catcher Stephen Vogt will not be available for the remainder of the postseason after undergoing sports hernia surgery on Oct. 6 in Atlanta.
He is expected to be recovered in time for spring training next year. The 36-year-old Vogt played just 26 games for the Braves after being acquired in a trade with Arizona. Overall this season, he batted .195 with seven homers and 25 RBIs in 78 games.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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