Dansby Swanson - Dansby Swanson missed the end of the season with a torn ligament in his left wrist. He ended up having surgery, and his offseason will be fully devoted to rehabbing. Swanson has struggled at the plate, but is a very above average glove. Swanson having lingering issues could be a realistic problem, and would hurt them more defensively than on the offensive side.
Top Injuries in Franchise History
Atlanta has a pretty historic set of players, and have been pretty lucky with injuries to mainly their pitchers. John Smoltz had some injury trouble with his elbow, but for the most part was healthy. In 2008, which was towards the end of his career, he had surgery on his throwing shoulder. Greg Maddux was one of the most durable aces in the game, and Tom Glavine was in that same boat as well. In the later 2000’s, Mike Hampton had a severe injury, tearing a tendon in his elbow during his first start of the 2007 season. He would miss the entire season.
Tim Hudson started having elbow trouble towards the end of his career, which was in Atlanta. Hudson had surgery on his elbow during the end of the 2008 season, and wasn’t quite himself missing a lot of time in 2009. A few years later Hudson fractured his ankle in one of the nastier injuries the sport as seen. Towards the end of the 2010 season, Chipper Jones tore his ACL. Kris Medlen also tore his UCL, which left these Braves recovering all offseason and also into the 2011 season. Jones would go onto tear his meniscus, ultimately causing the end of his career.
The Braves injury history struck most towards the end of players careers. We saw some of the better injury luck teams go throughout the 90s and 2000s. Of late we haven’t had a ton of injuries, as their stars like Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann have avoided missing major time. Freeman did fracture his wrist, but it was minor enough to only miss a small portion of the season.