Ozzie Albies Suffers Fractured Right Pinky Finger

SEPTEMBER 18TH: The Braves have formally positioned Albies again on the injured record, albeit the 10-day IL. To fill the vacant 28-man roster spot, Rylan Bannon has been referred to as up from Triple-A Gwinnett. Bannon has bounced round this season, having began the 12 months with the Orioles earlier than being positioned on waivers and claimed by the Dodgers after which the Braves in mid-August. In 81 at-bats on the Braves’ top-level affiliate, the righty has slashed .323/.432/.477, good for a .909 OPS.

SEPTEMBER 17TH: In simply his second recreation again since being activated off the 60-day injured record, Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies suffered a fractured proper pinky finger in tonight’s recreation in opposition to the Phillies. The damage occurred throughout a slide into second base within the fourth inning, and Albies was changed by Vaughn Grissom at second base for the highest of the fifth.

The severity of the damage will not be but recognized, though the truth that preliminary x-rays decided the issue earlier than the sport was over may point out greater than only a small fracture. It would appear like Albies’ 2022 season may very well be over, maybe even when Atlanta made one other run to the World Series.

Albies was an enormous contributor to final 12 months’s championship group, incomes his second profession All-Star and Silver Slugger honors whereas additionally ending thirteenth in NL MVP voting. However, Albies was off to a comparatively gradual begin over the 2022 marketing campaign’s first two months earlier than he suffered a left foot fracture on June 13 and needed to endure surgical procedure. As famous, Albies was sidelined till yesterday, when he went 1-for-4 with two RBI in Atlanta’s 7-2 win over Philadelphia.

The Braves have managed to thrive even with out Albies for a lot of the season, and Grissom has considerably unexpectedly stepped up as an instantaneous contributor after being promoted from Double-A somewhat over a month in the past. Grissom has hit .304/.355/.482 over his first 121 plate appearances within the majors, resulting in some hypothesis that the Braves would attempt Grissom in left discipline with a view to preserve his scorching bat within the lineup. However, it appears as if opposing pitchers have began to regulate to Grissom, because the rookie has solely a .607 OPS over his final 67 PA.

Nevertheless, within the wake of Albies’ damage, it might seem to be Grissom will now once more be the best choice at second base for the rest of the common season and postseason. Orlando Arcia can also be available to offer depth, and Ehire Adrianza can also be available, however at present on the IL itself as a consequence of a quad pressure. Pat Valaika, Hernan Perezand Ryan Goins are a number of the Triple-A choices with MLB expertise, though Atlanta may have so as to add any of these gamers to the 40-man roster.

It was lower than a 12 months in the past that the Braves overcame the percentages by successful the World Series regardless of shedding a star participant (Acuna) to damage for a lot of the season and all through the playoffs. While the e-book is not but closed on Albies’ attainable availability within the postseason, his absence for at the least just a few weeks will make it tougher for the Braves to overhaul the Mets within the NL East, and doubtlessly seize a first-round bye. The NL East runner-up is all however assured to be the NL’s high wild card group and thus is about to host all three video games (if crucial) of the Wild Card Series, but Atlanta would clearly like to keep away from these further video games and an additional likelihood of elimination.

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