Braves to place Johan Camargo on DL with bone bruise

Atlanta Braves' Johan Camargo watches the flight of a foul ball during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Braves 10-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

[UPDATE]: The Atlanta Braves have since recalled shortstop Dansby Swanson from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Atlanta Braves infielder Johan Camargo had to come out of the team’s game on Tuesday evening before it even began, falling to the ground after tweaking his knee on the way to the field. It was later announced that he had a bone bruise in his right knee and would be placed in the disabled list.

In 197 plate appearances this season, Camargo has a .292 batting average to go along with a .781 OPS and three home runs for the Braves. The 23-year-old rookie made his major league debut with a brief appearance in April and then had another short stint in May. But since his return to the big leagues in early June, Camargo has received regular playing time and had hit .299 with a .335 OBP and a .471 slugging percentage in 186 plate appearances.

In six seasons in the minors, Camargo had a .279/.333/.370 slash line with just 12 home runs in 2,111 plate appearances. But in 134 plate appearances this season at Triple-A, he posted a .853 OPS with four home runs.

Although the Braves have yet to announce who will take Camargo’s place on the roster on Wednesday, it could be rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson. In his game at Triple-A on Tuesday, a pinch-hitter came in to replace Swanson in the first inning.

The Braves stuck it out with Swanson through late July this year, despite the talented infielder hitting just .213/.287/.312 in 362 plate appearances this season. The No. 2 prospect in baseball heading into the season according to Baseball Prospectus, Swanson has continued to struggle at Triple-A in 10 games since being sent back down. He has just a .216/.341/.297 slash line with one home run in 44 plate appearances.

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