The Atlanta Braves haven't seen second baseman Ozzie Albies suit up for the past 2 1/2 months, as he's been sidelined with a broken foot. In the midst of a tight divisional race with the New York Mets, Albies' potential return is a welcome boost for the third-best scoring team in baseball.
Braves manager Brian Snitker shared some exciting news on Albies' latest injury update on Tuesday.
Ozzie Albies Injury Update
According to Braves insider Grant McAuley, Snitker told reporters Alibes will begin his official rehab assignment on Thursday, Sept. 1.
It's unclear how many games Albies will need before he's ready for MLB action, but either way, this is music to the ears of Braves fans everywhere.
Orlando Arcia and Vaughn Grissom split time at second base in Albies' absence, combining for 58 games played over the last 2 1/2 months. Grissom, the franchise's No. 1 prospect, is doing his best to make life uncomfortable for Albies upon his return, slashing an impressive .324/.361/.500 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 18 games played.
Despite Grissom's successes, there's no denying the importance of adding a two-time Silver Slugger and two-time All-Star back into the fold.
It'll be interesting to see what Snitker does with Atlanta's lineup upon his All-Star second baseman's return. It's hard to imagine Grissom, a natural shortstop, becoming solely a bench option. And the rest of the infield is accounted for with Dansby Swanson at SS, Matt Olson at 1B and Austin Riley at the hot corner.
Too many talented hitters in the infield is a good problem to have, especially with the playoffs approaching. The Braves trail the Mets by three games in the NL East standings and have the fifth-best odds (+1200) to win the World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.
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