Braves: When could Orlando Arcia return?

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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, 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.

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.

Photo: Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire


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