Swanson hit off a tee for the first time Wednesday since undergoing offseason wrist surgery, although he's expected to take it slow at the beginning of spring training, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Swanson had surgery to eradicate a loose body in his left wrist at the beginning of November. While he's expected to be ready to go for Opening Day, the Braves will take it easy with their starting shortstop when spring training starts up to prevent further issue.
Swanson was forced to miss the final week of the regular season (and the NLDS) after suffering a partially torn ligament in his left hand. The shortstop appears to have additionally sustained a wrist injury, though this should be considered more of a "cleanup procedure" than anything and all signs point toward the 24-year-old being ready to go without any restrictions or limitations when spring training commences. In 136 games this year, he slashed .238/.304/.395 with 14 home runs, 59 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
Swanson (hand) is not on Atlanta's 25-man roster for the NLDS against the Dodgers.
As expected, Swanson remains sidelined with a partially torn ligament in his left hand that he suffered Sept. 25 versus the Mets. It comes as no surprise that he was withheld from this round of play since manager Brian Snitker acknowledged Tuesday that Swanson was "doubtful" to return in time to play this series. Since rosters are flexible following each round of the postseason, Swanson could return for the NLCS should the Braves advance.
Swanson said his left hand is improving "slowly, but surely," Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Swanson missed the final five games of the regular season after suffering a partially torn ligament in his left hand. While the shortstop is a long shot to make the Braves' NLDS roster, Swanson said he's hoping to be ready for the NLCS should the Braves advance without him. Charlie Culberson will likely fill in for Swanson at shortstop against the Dodgers.
Swanson missed the final five games of the regular season after partially tearing a ligament in his left hand. Charlie Culberson will likely be the Braves' starting shortstop against the Dodgers, but Swanson could be ready to return should his team advance to the NLCS without him.
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