The Braves introduced that second baseman Ozzie Albies has fractured his left foot. He departed tonight’s recreation towards the Nationals within the fifth inning after struggling the damage.
Albies stumbled out of the batter’s field after hitting a ground-ball to shortstop. He was capable of stroll off the sector beneath his personal energy, however he instantly departed the sport and preliminary x-rays revealed a fracture. The membership will little doubt present a extra particular timetable for his restoration over the approaching days, nevertheless it’s seemingly he’s in for an prolonged absence.
The switch-hitting Albies has began 61 of Atlanta’s 62 video games on the keystone. The lone different begin went to utilityman Orlando Arcia, who’d appear to be the likeliest candidate to take over the place transferring ahead. Aside from the beginning infield of Matt Olson, Dansby Swanson and Austin Riley, the one different main infielders on the Atlanta 40-man roster are first baseman/DH Mike Ford and up to date waiver declare Kramer Robertson. The latter is able to enjoying second base however has precisely one MLB plate look beneath his belt.
Arcia has hit nicely in restricted enjoying day without work the bench this season, however he’s been a below-average offensive participant in each different 12 months of his profession. The former Brewer shortstop is a lifetime .244/.295/.365 hitter in a bit greater than 2000 plate appearances on the huge league stage. Albies is a two-time All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner who has been above-average on the dish in each full season of his profession.
Albies had been off to a little bit of a gradual begin this 12 months, as he owns a personal-worst .244/.289/.405 line by 263 journeys to the plate. He’d rated nicely defensively, although, and his profession observe document recommended he was more likely to flip the nook offensively. Those efforts will now be placed on maintain.
The Braves have been enjoying in addition to anybody within the sport over the previous few weeks. They’re amidst an 11-game win streak that has pushed them to 34-27 coming into play Monday. A gradual begin coupled with the Mets’ wonderful first couple months nonetheless has Atlanta 5 and a half video games again within the NL East standings, however the defending champions at the moment occupy the league’s third and closing Wild Card spot.
Depending on how lengthy Albies is predicted to overlook, normal supervisor Alex Anthopoulos and his employees might flip to the commerce marketplace for assist. Players reminiscent of Brandon Drury (Reds), Rougned Odor (Orioles) and César Hernández (Nationals) are impending free brokers on non-competitive groups and aren’t going to demand an enormous commerce return. If the membership appears internally for depth behind Arcia, non-roster veterans Phil Gosselin, Hernán Pérez and Pat Valaika are at Triple-A Gwinnett, as is latest waiver declare Joe Dunand. Gosselin, specifically, is hitting nicely with the Stripers this season.