The Atlanta Braves dominated the St. Louis Cardinals, 11-4, on Friday night, but it wasn't all good news for Brian Snitker's club. Braves reliever Jackson Stephens exited the game during the ninth inning after being struck in the head by a 90mph comebacker, leaving fans concerned.
Unfortunately, Stephens had to be taken to a local Atlanta hospital for further evaluation last night. There haven't been any further updates as of Saturday morning, leaving it up in the air if the 28-year-old will miss a significant amount of time going forward.
Jackson Stephens Injury Update
The major concern right now is whether or not Stephens has a concussion. Regardless of what the issue may be, the important thing is that he was able to leave the game using his own power. He had given up a walk and three runs on four hits over a third of an inning before his departure.
The truth is that the 28-year-old could use some time off to get back to form. While he's a 2-2 with a respectable 3.89 ERA in 32 starts this season, Stephens hasn't pitched as well lately. In his last six appearances, the former 18th-round pick has an 11.05 ERA, giving up 10 runs on 12 hits and five walks over 7.1 innings.
Even with his recent struggles, Stephens is someone who the Braves often call upon to help close things out late in the game. If the club hopes to win its second of back-to-back World Series titles this fall, the Oxford, AL native must come back healthier and better than ever.
Braves World Series Odds
If he can return to form, things are already looking promising for Stephens and his team. The Braves currently sit at +1000 odds to win the 2022 World Series, ranking fifth-best on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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