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Braves’ Manny Piña to have season-ending wrist surgery

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ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 13: Manny Pina #9 of the Atlanta Braves bats during the third inning of an MLB game against the Washington Nationals at Truist Park on April 13, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves catcher Manny Pina will have season-ending surgery after tests revealed ligament and cartilage damage in his left wrist.

Braves manager Brian Snitker said before Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox that the loss of Pina means William Contreras will continue to serve as the top backup to starter Travis d’Arnaud. Contreras, 24, began the season with Triple-A Gwinnett.

Pina, 34, signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Braves before the season.

“We got him for a reason, having an experienced catcher like that,” Snitker said.

Pina was placed on the 10-day injury list on April 28 with left wrist inflammation. After he continued to have discomfort, an MRI revealed the more serious injury that will require surgery.

Snitker said Pina is expected to be recovered in time for spring training next season.

Pina spent the last six seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers after making his major league debut with Kansas City in 2011. He has a .243 career batting average. Pina had two hits in 14 at-bats and drove in two runs in five games with the Braves this season.

He hit .189 with a career-high 13 homers in 75 games with the Brewers in 2021.