Atlanta Braves second baseman, Atlanta Braves, Ozzy Albis, left Monday’s game against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning after breaking his left foot.
Albiz suffered a box injury on a swing, and when the ball left the racket, the veteran halted a step below his first base line before falling to the ground in pain.
He sat up and immediately looked at the injured foot, and after making his way into the bunker, jumped with his right foot down the stairs to the Braves Club. He was replaced at second base by backup veteran Orlando Archia.
Albis was 0 for 2 with a run scored and a walking injury time. Arsia singled out in his first hit.
The injury comes as the World Cup champions are rallying from a slow start. Atlanta entered Monday’s game in 11 consecutive games, as the Braves jumped to second in the Eastern National League, 5.5 games behind the New York Mets.
Prior to the opening game against Washington, the Albies had 240 hits at bat, 8 home runs, and 33 RBI. He, like the team, struggled out of the gate after the world title last November, but Albis pushed his batting average to 0.246 and had three stolen bases, hitting pretty much off hole number 6.
Albies, 25, is in his fifth season in the Major League, winning the Silver Slugger in both 2019 and 2021. Signed until 2025, the Albies led the National League last season in assists, and twice appeared in the All-Star Game.
The first half of Monday’s game was delayed by nearly 90 minutes due to rain in Washington. After a delay, the Nationals switched starting bowlers, giving loyalist Erasmo Ramirez an instant start on Josiah Gray.