Braves: Ozzie Albies to miss rest of regular season with right pinky fracture

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During Saturday night’s game against the Phillies, Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies fractured his right pinky and had to be removed from the game.

Just his second game back from the IL after breaking a foot in June, Ozzie slid awkwardly into second base during the 4th inning and spent a moment staring at his hand, showing clear signs of discomfort. After talking with coaches, he remained in the game to run the bases and scored on Acuña’s RBI double.

However, at the start of the fifth inning, rookie Vaughn Grissom emerged from the Atlanta dugout to play second base. Shortly after, the Braves confirmed that Albies had broken the pinky. He will miss at least the rest of the regular season with a chance to contribute in the postseason.

It’s unfortunate for Ozzie Albies, one of the most enthusiastic players in all of baseball. He was meant to bring new life to a reeling Braves team but instead lands back on the IL. Thankfully, the club is in a much better position to handle this blow than before. When Albies first went down earlier in the season, the Braves were forced to play Orlando Arcia, who did fill in valiantly until Vaughn Grissom was called up. Now, Grissom slots back into an everyday role as Atlanta attempts to chase down the Mets in the division race.

Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire

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