Brian Snitker revealed some unfortunate news about Ozzie Albies, who had come out of Sunday's game against the Mets. The Atlanta Braves All-Star 2B, who had played the first 117 games of the Braves season, will have to go on the IL with a hamstring injury.
It's a disappointing turn of events for the Braves and Albies. After struggling with injuries throughout the majority of the 2022 season, Albies had been an iron horse up until Sunday's game.
Albies' health hasn't been the only turnaround this season, After having a 93 wRC+ in 2022, Albies currently has a 120 wRC+ this year, slashing .267/.327/.514 and hitting 28 bombs, two shy of his career-high.
Who will play 2B with Ozzie Albies injured?
While Brian Snitker did not commit to Ozzie Albies' replacement on the roster, there are a few options the Braves could go with.
Shewmake has been underwhelming with the bat this year, slashing .229/.303/.414, but has positive reviews with the glove. Williams has been slightly better, slashing .251/.343/.396.
And of course, there's the seeming favorite, Vaughn Grissom. Grissom has been on fire with the bat recently. For the season, the 22-year-old has slashed .327/.412/.494. He has a 36-game on-base streak and has slashed .351/.467/.545 in that span.
Of course, who gets the call-up depends on who the Braves see getting the bulk of the starts at 2B. Nicky Lopez's two starts with the Braves couldn't have gone better. The new Brave has seven hits in 10 ABs. He also offers Gold Glove-level defense.
If the Braves go with Lopez getting the bulk of the starts, it's possible the Braves go with Shewmake or Williams (or Charlie Culberson). However, if the Braves want the call-up to get most of the starts, it will likely be Grissom.