It’s almost unfair how many starters the Braves have sitting on the IL, but it hasn’t stopped them from racking up wins in bunches, which is a testament to the organization’s incredible depth. Their latest guy to go down is starting shortstop Orlando Arcia, who suffered a micro-fracture in his wrist after being hit by a 98 MPH fastball. It was a gruesome injury, but thankfully, he avoided something much worse and was able to dodge the 60-day IL.
According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Arcia will be re-evaluated in 10-14 days. Around that time, he could begin baseball activities again, and it shouldn’t be much longer before he is back with the major-league club. Last season, Phillies right fielder Nick Castellanos went down with the same injury and only missed 16 days.
No firm timetable for Arcia yet. The Braves will know more when he's re-evaluated in approximately 10-14 days. Castellanos spent 16 days on the IL with a similar microfracture in 2021. But his injury was to his top hand. Arcia is dealing w/ his bottom hand.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) April 14, 2023
That gives us a good idea of how long the Braves will be without their starting shortstop. Because Vaughn Grissom should do just fine in Arcia’s place, I don’t expect the team to be in a hurry to rush him back. This is a great opportunity for the Braves to see just how ready Grissom is to be an everyday contributor at the major-league level; however, whenever Orlando Arcia is cleared to return, I do expect him to continue starting at shortstop for the foreseeable future. He’s been too good — both offensively and defensively — to lose his job due to injury.
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