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NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson has a partially torn ligament in his left hand and it’s unclear if he will be available in the postseason for the NL East champions.
Swanson traveled from New York to Atlanta on Wednesday to get his wrist and hand examined by team doctors. He will have treatment while missing the rest of the regular season, which ends Sunday.
The Braves said Swanson will be re-evaluated next week before they open the best-of-five NL Division Series on Oct. 4.
Swanson exited Tuesday night’s 7-3 win against the New York Mets for tests.
“He swung the bat and something didn’t feel right,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “Which is why he’d alarmed me a little bit. He’d been feeling fine, hadn’t been complaining about it.”
“A lot of times the player gets checked out and is reassured it’s nothing really bad. That relieves a lot of their worries, also. But it’s your hand. That’s a big deal in this game. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Swanson was on the disabled list in May and missed 13 games with inflammation in his left wrist.
Swanson, 24, is batting .238 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 136 games this season. He is considered a candidate to be a Gold Glove finalist.
Swanson was mired in an 8-for-53 (.171) slump over his last 17 games since Sept. 5.
Utilityman Charlie Culberson replaced Swanson on Tuesday and started at shortstop Wednesday against the Mets.