LOS ANGELES – Less than an hour after seeing Ozzie Albies being carried off the field at Dodger Stadium, the Braves were relieved to learn the X-rays on the second base player’s left knee were negative.
Albies caused a scare when he fell to the ground after fouling Walker Buehler’s fastball from his left knee in the fifth inning of the Braves 3-2 loss to the Dodgers Tuesday night. He rolled over in pain and was eventually carried off the field by two members of the team’s athletic training team.
“We’ll be with him every day and see how he’s doing,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker. “That could have been something really bad there. It hit him hard. I’m just so happy that the x-ray was negative. “
Speaking to the media about 20 minutes after the game, Snitker said Albies was still feeling pretty sore. The all-star second baseman is likely to miss at least a couple of games. But as long as the swelling and discomfort subsides over the next few days, he’ll likely avoid going on the 10-day injured list.
“The news we have so far is pretty optimistic,” said Brave’s starting pitcher Charlie Morton. “I just hope he’s getting better in the short term.”
With the roster expanded to 28 players on Wednesday, the Braves could explain Albies’ absence by adding Johan Camargo or Orlando Arcia, both of whom are on the 40-man roster. Ehire Adrianza replaced Albies at second base for the remainder of Tuesday’s game.
Albies hit .259 with 23 homers and a .800 OPS. He leads the National League with 63 extra base hits.
“It looked really bad,” said Braves outfielder Joc Pederson. “He’s a big part of this team. So we have to get it back as soon as possible. “