Ozzie Albies' Struggles Continue in Third Rehab Start
By Larry Rupp
The Atlanta Braves have posted the best record in baseball since June 1 (63-24) and caught all the way up to the New York Mets in the NL East division. Young players have done well stepping up into bigger roles, which could come in handy considering Ozzie Albies' struggles in his rehab assignment.
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Albies has played in three games for the Triple-A Gwinnett Stripers, going 3-for-12 at the plate. On Wednesday night, the veteran second baseman smacked a single and struck out three times in five at-bats. He is working to return from a left foot fracture that has kept him out for over two months.
There's no reason to panic here, though. Before this week, Albies hadn't seen live game action since June 13. Reports suggest the Braves plan to give Albies as much time as he needs to get back into top form. A few weeks taking on the top pitchers at the Triple-A level should be helpful.
Vaughn Grissom has been filling in for Albies and hit his fifth home run of the year in a 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. Atlanta is already having the 21-year-old shag fly balls in the outfield during pregame exercises, which goes to show that Albies' job is there when he returns.
Albies is also joined by pitcher Mike Soroka at Gwinnett. It's become clear that reinforcements are on the way for a Braves team looking to win back-to-back World Series titles. Atlanta has odds set at +750 to take home the title, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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