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Ozzie Albies leaves game early with hamstring tightness

The Braves’ second baseman was pulled early in the first game against the Nationals as a precautionary measure.

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

There have been a lot of players’ who performances have propelled the Braves near the top of the NL East in the first half of 2018. Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis have been outstanding, but its arguable that the most important cog in the lineup has been Ozzie Albies.

Albies has combined strong defense at second, playmaking speed, and a surprising uptick in power to post 3.4 fWAR so far in 2018 with 20 home runs and 10 stolen bases which is pretty insane when you consider what the expectations were of him coming into the season.

Unfortunately, the second half hasn’t started nearly as well as he was pulled from the first game in the 3rd inning.

Albies appeared to be in some discomfort after legging out an RBI double in the 1st inning. It is comforting to know that he still stole a base after that and played for a little bit longer before getting pulled. One can assume that injury isn’t considered a serious one and he should be fine, although it wouldn’t be shocking if he got a game or two off in the meantime.

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