Alex Anthopoulos is optimistic that the Atlanta Braves will have Spencer Strider back for the NLDS.
He’s not as optimistic that Ozzie Albies will be.
The Braves second baseman hasn’t played since Sept. 17, when he broke his pinky finger sliding head-first into third base. He didn’t require surgery, but was fitted for a cast that has been expected to come off after three weeks – which would be this weekend.
At that point, the Braves would have to reassess him and see if he’s even ready to begin baseball activities. Considering the NLDS will start Tuesday, that’s a very quick turnaround.
The Braves general manager shared the latest in an appearance on “Dukes and Bell.”
“I think right now, the divisional round would be a stretch,” Anthopoulos said Wednesday. “He just hasn’t been hitting or doing anything, we’re five days away, I just don’t see it. I think hopefully if we can advance, I would think the (NLCS) will be in play, but obviously we’ve got to get there.
“The good news is that if we can advance, at some point he should factor for us. Obviously, it would be tremendous to get a guy like that back.”
It’s been a brutal year luck-wise for the 25-year-old. He’s been limited to just 64 games, missing most of the summer with a fractured foot, only to come back in September and break his finger one game after returning to the lineup.
Orlando Arcia has gotten most of the reps at second base with Albies out, and figures to be their starter at the position when the NLDS begins. Atlanta will face the winner of the Phillies-Cardinals series.