Atlanta Braves Dansby Swanson dives into third, but not before the tag of Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco at SunTrust Park Saturday September 22, 2018. Photo by Brant Sanderlin/AJC
Photo: Brant Sanderlin/Brant Sanderlin
Photo: Brant Sanderlin/Brant Sanderlin

Braves’ Dansby Swanson undergoes procedure on wrist

Dansby Swanson underwent a procedure to remove a loose body from his left wrist on Monday, the Braves announced.

The shortstop is expected to be ready for spring training.

The procedure was performed in Atlanta by the Braves’ head physician, Dr. Gary Lourie. It wasn’t required, but Swanson elected for surgery with the club’s support.

“We expect him to be swinging the bat really soon,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “He had a loose body in there that was really bothering him. They said get it cleaned out, get it removed. Should be good to go. We’re not concerned at all and it’ll be ready to go.”

Swanson missed the end of the regular season and the playoffs after he suffered a torn ligament in his left hand in the season’s final road trip.

Swanson, 24, will be entering a pivotal year as the Braves try to determine his offensive ceiling. He hit .238 with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs in 136 games last season.

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