Last night was a great night all around for Braves Country. Spencer Strider struck out 16 men over eight shutout innings as the Braves won a critical game against the Rockies at home. But down on the farm, a familiar face also returned to the field.
Ozzie Albies was the designated hitter for the Gwinnett Stripers last night as he began his rehab assignment. It’s the first game he’s played since fracturing his foot on June 13th, and while he went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, there’s still plenty of reason to celebrate.
Albies is scheduled to play the field tonight, and providing everything goes well, we should expect to see him back in Atlanta within a couple of weeks.
Albies was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his first rehab game Thursday. He was DH in that one, but is expected to star playing in the field tonight.
I'm expecting him to be back at 2B for Braves within a couple of weeks. Grissom has already been taking some fly balls in outfield.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) September 2, 2022
If it wasn’t so close to October, the Braves would likely ease Albies back and he might spend three or four weeks in Gwinnett. But given the situation, things will be expedited. Once he feels comfortable in all phases, the Braves don’t have much of a choice but to call him up.
When he does return, I do expect him to play second base, providing he’s producing at an acceptable rate. Vaughn Grissom has been taking reps in the outfield during practice, and he could move out to left field permanently if he keeps up his stellar play as well.
Photo: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire