Snitker had called Swanson playing a “long shot” when speaking with the media Wednesday evening. Charlie Culberson said he hadn’t yet been informed he’d play shortstop, but that’s the likely case. He filled in for Swanson over the last week of the regular season after the 24-year-old was injured in the second-to-last series of the season in New York. Swanson returned to Atlanta for treatment.
“One thing about (Swanson), being around him, this is one type of stage where he’d really shine,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “That’s a tough loss because of what he brings to this team and what he’s done. I feel bad for us but as much for him because he lives for this. He’s all about winning. He prepares, he works, he studies, he cares. If you asked him at the time he got drafted, this is what it was all about for him.