Braves’ prospect Ozzie Albies won’t play until 2017

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I’m calling it now: the Braves have suffered enough this year. On Wednesday night, top prospect Ozzie Albies left a playoff game with Double-A Mississippi after sustaining a fractured olecranon in his right elbow. The 19-year-old will undergo surgery next week and be sidelined through the offseason, with a potential return date in January.

It’s not the first time the Braves have seen a player sidelined with a non-ligament elbow injury. In 2016, they lost reliever Daniel Winkler to a fractured elbow during the second week of the season; in 2014, right-hander Gavin Floyd succumbed to the 60-day disabled list halfway through the season with an olecranon fracture in his throwing arm. Unlike Albies, who has no history of arm or elbow issues, the olecranon injury came on the heels of Floyd’s first Tommy John surgery, and he didn’t see another major league mound until September 2015 during a seven-game stint with the Indians.

Albies’ prognosis looks more promising, but losing a prospect to injury, even at the tail end of a non-contending season, is still a blow for the Braves. They’re currently in the middle of a full-scale rebuild, one that has leaned on contributions from rookies like Dansby Swanson and league-leading hitters like Freddie Freeman. Albies, who ranked #29 overall among’s Top 100 Prospects prior to the 2016 season and #14 in the midseason rankings, was expected to finish out the season in Double-A Mississippi before getting some extra reps in during the Arizona Fall League.

Prior to his injury, Albies was batting .321/.391/.467 through 82 games with Double-A Mississippi. He was called up for a brief stay in Triple-A Gwinnett, where he held a .248/.307/.351 slash line in 56 appearances. Barring complications in his recovery process, the second baseman should return to compete for a spot with the big league club in the spring, although it’s still unclear how much of a workload he’ll be expected to shoulder in 2017.

Padres claim 2-time All-Star catcher Gary Sánchez off waivers from Mets

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SAN DIEGO — The scuffling San Diego Padres claimed catcher Gary Sánchez off waivers from the New York Mets.

The two-time All-Star was designated for assignment after playing in three games for the Mets. He went 1 for 6 with three strikeouts and an RBI, looking shaky at times behind the plate.

With the disappointing Padres (24-29) getting meager offensive production at catcher, they hope Sánchez can provide a boost. Austin Nola is batting .131 with three extra-base hits and a paltry .434 OPS in 39 games. His part-time platoon partner, second-stringer Brett Sullivan, is hitting .170 with four extra-base hits and a .482 OPS in 21 games since getting called up from the minors April 16.

Luis Campusano has been on the injured list since April 17 and is expected to be sidelined until around the All-Star break following left thumb surgery.

San Diego is responsible for just over $1 million in salary for Sánchez after assuming his $1.5 million, one-year contract.

The star-studded Padres have lost seven of 11 and are 3-3 on a nine-game East Coast trip. They open a three-game series at Miami.

San Diego becomes the third National League team to take a close look at the 30-year-old Sánchez this season. He spent time in the minors with San Francisco before getting released May 2 and signing a minor league contract a week later with the Mets, who were minus a couple of injured catchers at the time.

After hitting well in a short stint at Triple-A Syracuse, he was promoted to the big leagues May 19. When the Mets reinstated catcher Tomás Nido from the injured list last week, Sánchez was cut.

Sánchez’s best seasons came early in his career with the New York Yankees, where he was runner-up in 2016 AL Rookie of the Year voting and made the AL All-Star team in 2017 and 2019.

He was traded to Minnesota before the 2022 season and batted .205 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs in 128 games last year.

With the Padres, Sánchez could also be a candidate for at-bats at designated hitter, where 42-year-old Nelson Cruz is batting .245 with three homers, 16 RBIs and a .670 OPS, and 37-year-old Matt Carpenter is hitting .174 with four homers, 21 RBIs and a .652 OPS.