“That’s me. I play the game hard every day I’m out there, and I will make sure nothing holds me down,” Albies said. “I will go out there and do my thing. That’s who I am.”
Snitker added: “He is a tough dude, I’ll tell you. He’s hard as nails. He plays through a lot. He’s getting banged up. Seems he’s always fouling something off a place where he doesn’t have any pads. But he’s a tough kid, man. He’s a gamer. He wants to be in there every day. Hopefully (Thursday) was the last game he misses the rest of the year.”
Albies, 24, is hitting .259/.317/.483 with 23 homers and 86 RBIs. He leads the National League with 63 extra-base hits. Albies earned an All-Star nod for the second time in his career in July.
The Braves entered Friday two games ahead of the second-place Phillies in the National League East. A victory Friday would ensure the Braves of at least a split in the four-game series at Coors Field after they defeated the Rockies on Thursday.