Ozzie Albies expected to begin rehab assignment Thursday

Credit: Miguel Martinez

Credit: Miguel Martinez

Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies is expected to begin his rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A Gwinnett, manager Brian Snitker said Tuesday.

Albies last played June 13 when he fractured his foot in Washington. The team had pinpointed a return for some time in September. Albies traveled with the Braves during their latest road trip and has progressed well.

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“He was excited to come with us on the road trip and changing the scenery,” Snitker said. “He did a lot of work on the road, early and during (batting practice). So he’ll be ready to go, I know that, when he goes out.”

Albies’ first game with Gwinnett, barring a setback, will be a home contest against Jacksonville. He’ll join rehabbing right-hander Mike Soroka. Soroka will make his fourth rehab start Friday for the Stripers.

As for the pending logjam created by Albies’ return, it’s a welcome situation for the Braves. Rookie Vaughn Grissom has surpassed any modest expectations while manning second base. Albies’ return, while bumping Grissom off daily second-base duties, will further bolster the Braves’ depth.

“We talk about it,” Snitker said of the coming roster puzzle. “You have to have a plan. Those things seem to work themselves out. Having too many players is a good thing.”

When asked, Snitker added he believed Grissom “probably” could play the outfield. The National League having the designated-hitter spot also helps in circumstances like these.

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