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Braves’ Ozzie Albies breaks left foot

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Jun 13, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Ozzie Albies (1) sits at the batter's box after being injured while batting against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta second baseman Ozzie Albies broke his left foot while grounding out in the fifth inning of the Braves’ 9-5 win over the host Washington Nationals on Monday.

The Braves emerged with their 12th consecutive victory, but they will have to move forward without Albies.

Albies fell in the batter’s box after his swing, which sent a ground ball to shortstop. He hopped on one foot into the dugout, and Orlando Arcia replaced him in the field for the bottom of the inning.

“I hate it for Ozzie, I hate it for us,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said postgame. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s one of them things. He’ll be fine. He’s young. He’ll heal quick. …

“He loves to play baseball and is such a big part of our club here. It’s just a chance for somebody else to do something good.”

Albies, 25, is hitting .244 with eight homers and 33 RBIs in 62 games this season after going 0-for-2 with a walk and a run on Monday.

A two-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger winner, Albies was a key part of the Braves’ World Series championship team last year. He posted career highs with 30 homers and 106 RBIs in the 2021 regular season.

For his career, he has a .271 average, a .321 on-base percentage, a .470 slugging percentage, 98 homers and 344 RBIs in 622 games.

Arcia, 27, singled and walked in his two plate appearances after entering the Monday game. He is batting .313 with one homer and eight RBIs in 17 games this year.

–Field Level Media