Ozuna has struggled at the plate this season, hitting .213 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs through 48 games. But last year, he led the National League in home runs (18) and RBIs (56) while hitting .338 across the shortened 60-game schedule.
The injury occurred as Ozuna was diving toward third base in the third inning of Tuesday night’s game. He was attempting to advance from second base on a fielder’s-choice grounder, but his ring finger, in particular, appeared to bend awkwardly as Ozuna’s left hand caught on Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers’ foot.
After the game, Snitker described the injury as dislocated fingers, as initial X-rays at Fenway Park didn’t reveal the fractures. But Snitker said at the time that Ozuna would return to Atlanta for further tests to determine if the injury was anything more serious.
“I was hoping maybe they wouldn’t have found anything (more) and it’d have been a couple days, get some swelling down and get him back out there,” Snitker said Wednesday. “Obviously, they found the fractures. ... If there’s a good thing, it’s that it’s not a surgical process. They just cast him up, and it’s going to take time.”
The Braves will evaluate over the next couple of days how to adjust their outfield in Ozuna’s absence. Internal and, if possible, external options will be considered.
“We’ll just kind of regroup here and see what we’ve got,” Snitker said. “The off-day (Thursday) will give us a little leeway to figure out what we’re going to do. I’m sure (general manager Alex Anthopoulos) is working on it now.
“We’ve got a bunch of guys doing well at (Triple-A) Gwinnett, so there are internal options that we can call on.”
Asked if the Braves will consider moving third baseman Austin Riley to left field, Snitker said: “Austin is playing so well at third that I hate to move him, but it’s something we surely will talk about.”
For Wednesday’s game at Boston, the Braves operated within their current roster, starting Guillermo Heredia in left field and Ender Inciarte in center. Ozzie Albies moved up to Ozuna’s No. 3 spot in the batting order, with Riley hitting fourth.