4:43pm: Toscano writes that the Braves do anticipate Albies being able to return at some point this season.
2:43pm: Ozzie Albies recently underwent surgery to repair the fracture in his left foot, tweets Justin Toscano of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It isn’t clear what impact, if any, the procedure has on his recovery timeline. In any event, Albies won’t be back until at least mid-August after landing on the 60-day injured list yesterday.
Albies fractured his foot during Monday night’s win over the Nationals. He stumbled out of the batter’s box after hitting a ground-ball, and the club announced the fracture diagnosis within an hour of his departing the game. Atlanta wasted no time in putting him on the 60-day IL the next morning, selecting utilityman Phil Gosselin to take his roster spot. Orlando Arcia will be the club’s primary second baseman for the foreseeable future.
A two-time All-Star, Albies had been off to a bit of a slow start this year, posting a personal-worst .244/.289/.405 line through 263 trips to the plate. Arcia has hit well through 18 games this season, but he’s a career .245/.296/.368 hitter at the major league level. The Braves will presumably want to see whether he can keep performing at anywhere near this season’s .327/.393/.519 pace, but it seems likely the club will at least look into possible acquisitions before the August 2 trade deadline — particularly if Arcia’s bat cools in the next month.
The Braves have won 13 in a row, pulling themselves within five games of the NL East-leading Mets entering play Wednesday. At 36-27, Atlanta currently occupies the third and final Wild Card spot in the National League, holding a two-game advantage over the Brewers.