Ozzie Albies takes substantial step towards return

Ozzie Albies

The Braves don’t begin their title defense until tomorrow, but Monday has been full of exciting news. First and foremost, Spencer Strider has signed a six-year extension to stay with the club.

It also looks like Strider will be a go for the NLDS. He threw off the mound yesterday and said he “feels great.”

In other injury news, Ozzie Albies also took a substantial step towards returning by getting his cast removed.

I don’t think we will see Ozzie Albies in the NLDS, but he will travel with the team.

If the Braves can get past the Phillies, I think there’s an excellent chance Albies will be back for the NLCS, which would be a tremendous boost. He’s essentially missed the last four-plus months, but he’s still an upgrade over Orlando Arcia, and his mere clubhouse presence alone would bring loads of energy to the team. The Braves have managed his absence very well this season, but everything is better for this team when Albies is starting at second base.

Photo: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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