But Albies has shifted between the positions and continued to play some shortstop while primarily playing second base as the Braves keep their options open going forward.
Swanson was demoted to Triple-A last week after struggling in his second major league season.
Braves manager Brian Snitker plans to play Albies every day, or almost every day. They didn’t call him up to have him sit on the bench in August.
It’s unclear what the future holds for Braves veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips, who will get a chance to play some third base if he’s willing.
Albies would have had a chance to compete for the Braves’ opening-day second-base job if he hadn’t fractured an elbow while swinging during a Double-A postseason game last fall. The injury required surgery and forced him to rest and rehab for most of the offseason, which is why the Braves signed veteran Sean Rodriguez to open the season at second base.
When Rodriguez hurt his shoulder in a Jan. 28 car accident, the Braves scrambled and traded for Phillips just before spring training began. Phillips will be a free agent after the season.
Albies was rated as the No. 11 prospect in Baseball America’s preseason top 100 list. He has a .304 average, .365 on-base percentage and .790 OPS in 390 minor league games over four seasons, with 82 doubles, 29 triples, 16 home runs, 150 RBIs and 102 steals in 130 attempts.
He split the 2016 season between Double-A and Triple-A and batted a combined .292 with 10 triples, six homers and 30 stolen bases. Albies’ postseason with Double-A Mississippi ended abruptly when he fractured his elbow while hitting a foul ball.