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Gabirel Moreno expected to play in the NLDS

Oct 4, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Gabriel Moreno (14) is hit on a backswing by Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Brice Turang (2) in the second inning during game two of the Wildcard series for the 2023 MLB playoffs at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Following a head injury scare in Game 2 of the Diamondbacks’ Wild Card series against the Brewers, catcher Gabriel Moreno is cleared to play in the NLDS, according to John Gambadoro.

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Moreno’s departure from the game came as a result of an unfortunate incident when Brice Turang’s swing extended a bit too far on a 3-2 count, leading to inadvertent contact between the bat and Moreno’s head.

Thankfully, the Diamondbacks received reassuring news that Moreno won’t need to enter concussion protocol. Instead, he’ll be ready to take the field against the Dodgers this Saturday.

Moreno proved over and over again during the regular season that he is one of the most critical components of the Diamondbacks lineup.

Whether it be his strong arm from behind the plate or his powerful bat on the offensive end, the 23-year-old has quickly morphed into one of the best catchers in all of baseball right now.

With a successful Wild Card series that saw them sweep the Brewers, the Diamondbacks are now gearing up to face the Dodgers in the NLDS. The last time these two teams matched up in the divisional round was back in 2017, when the Dodgers won three straight to send the Diamondbacks home.

Looking ahead to Game 1, the projected pitching matchup is set to feature Merrill Kelly against the future Hall of Famer, Clayton Kershaw.

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