Fantasy baseball owners and Braves fans are wondering when will Ozzie Albies return and be back in the Atlanta lineup? The World Series champion underwent successful surgery to repair a fracture in his left foot on June 15. Below we will look at a potential timetable for the second baseman’s return as well as Braves betting odds.
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When will Ozzie Albies return and be back for the Braves?
Update: The Athletic’s David O’Brien reported that Albies played catch on Aug. 3 and will “soon begin to ramp up other baseball activities.” O’Brien added that an “early to mid-September return is the best-case scenario.”
Many are asking when will Ozzie Albies return and be back for Atlanta. Most signs point to Albies’ injury being a Jones fracture. SportsMedicineOregon.com reports non-surgical treatments of a Jones fracture takes a minimum of 6-8 weeks. The website says that “the recovery time for a surgical repair is shorter on average but still varies widely.” It adds that “studies have found that athletes who return to intense physical activity too soon after a Jones fracture often experience re-injury.”
Given that, expect the Braves to give Albies – who did have surgery – extra time to recover. A full 10 weeks from the date of surgery is a conservative timeline for return. Let’s take a look at some potential dates that Albies could be back in uniform.
- 10 weeks: August 24
- 11 weeks: August 31
- 12 weeks: September 7
- 13 weeks: September 14
Braves President of Baseball Operations Alex Anthopoulos told Jeff Schultz of the Athletic in mid-July that the team is “looking at mid to late August, or worst case, the beginning of September” for Albies to return.
The Braves play their final game of the regular season on Wednesday, Oct. 5, so Albies will likely be able to play the final few weeks of the regular season.
The latest odds to win the World Series show the Atlanta Braves around +1000. This is the fifth lowest price at most sportsbooks behind the Yankees, Dodgers, Astros and Mets. Brian Snitker’s crew has the second lowest odds to win the National League East as it is +175. Check out live Braves odds below.
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