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The Atlanta Braves took a 3-1 lead into the eighth inning of Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

They had everything set up perfectly with late-inning guy and recent acquisition Chris Martin taking to the bump.

Unfortunately, Martin had to leave the game without throwing a single pitch after suffering an injury warming up from the hill. Said injury is said to be to the left oblique.

This is not great news for Atlanta early in the team’s playoff run. Martin was brought on to face Cardinals star Paul Goldschmidt. Once he exited, Luke Jackson gave up a solo homer to St. Louis’ first baseman to make it a 3-2 game.

Depending on the severity of Martin’s injury, Atlanta could decide to replace him on the roster for the remainder of the NLDS. Opening Day starter Julio Teherán was surprisingly left off the roster. He’d be the logical choice to replace Martin.

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