Braves welcome Ozzie Albies back ahead of homestand

Ozzie Albies

The Braves returned Ozzie Albies from his rehab assignment and reinstated him from the injured list ahead of the club’s upcoming homestand against the Phillies. In a corresponding move, the team designated Jay Jackson for assignment and placed Ehire Adrianza on the 10-day injured list with a strained left quadricep.

Ozzie Albies began his rehab assignment in Gwinnett sluggishly, recording just three hits in his first 18 at-bats; however, he exploded earlier this week for five hits, including a walk-off home run to center field.

The Braves wrapped up their eight-game west coast trip on Wednesday, then had an off-day on Thursday before Friday’s series opener against Philadelphia. The club has undoubtedly missed Albies infectious personality around the clubhouse, but for the most part, the Braves haven’t missed a beat with Vaughn Grissom in the fold.

It’ll be interesting to see how Brian Snitker manipulates the lineup with Ozzie Albies back. He’s undoubtedly an upgrade at second base, but Grissom has made it difficult to put him on the bench. With Ronald Acuna Jr. starting a lot of games at DH to protect his knee, Snit doesn’t have as much flexibility as Braves Country might think. It’ll be up to the skipper to best deploy these players.

Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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