Swanson worked with trainer George Poulis before the Braves announced their lineup. They determined his heel needed more time, perhaps extended rest on the 10-day injured list.
If the Braves elect to place Swanson on the IL, Saturday would be a logical time with the team needing to open a spot for left-hander Max Fried’s return.
But losing Swanson for even a short time is a blow. The 25-year-old is in the midst of a breakout season, hitting .265 with 17 homers and 57 RBIs while providing excellent defense. He’s overcome his past wrist issues and begun blossoming into the player the Braves envisioned in their long-term plans.
“It’s a little worse than we anticipated,” Snitker said. “It’s a tough thing to play through. We’ll just keep treating him, see where he’s at tomorrow and make a decision then.”
Johan Camargo was slated to start at shortstop for the Braves’ series opener in Philadelphia. Charlie Culberson can also man shortstop, as he did in last year’s postseason.