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MDJ: For Atlanta Braves' outfielders Adam Duvall and Jarred Kelenic, splitting time is just fine

Atlanta Braves outfielder Jarred Kelenic.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Jarred Kelenic (USA Today Sports - Dale Zanine)

CUMBERLAND — When the Atlanta Braves acquired Jarred Kelenic from the Seattle Mariners last December, the move seemed to signal a new era in left field.

Though Kelenic’s hold on the starting job may have appeared tenuous after the Braves re-signed veteran outfielder Adam Duvall midway through spring training, it turns out that move may end up being just what both men needed.

For some players, “platoon” is a dirty word, but for Kelenic and Duvall, this budding partnership could benefit both players and the team in the process.

The 24-year-old Kelenic needed a fresh start after several years of prospect hype failed to translate to big-league success. For the 35-year-old Duvall, returning to Atlanta was a chance to contribute to a contender in familiar surroundings.

Rather than getting caught up with how the playing time may be divided between the two, the youthful Kelenic is displaying a veteran perspective.

“I’m just trying to take it day by day,” he said. “Playing with Duvall and doing the platoon thing allows me to kind of separate my at-bats a little bit more, which has been really beneficial for me because I have a little bit more extra time to think about them and make adjustments, so I’m looking at it as a positive thing.”


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