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Camargo still receiving treatment for knee

Braves shortstop's hope to miss only 2 weeks unlikely
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ATLANTA -- Johan Camargo can continue to feel fortunate about the likelihood of returning to the Braves' lineup this season. But it appears the initial projection of being sidelined for two weeks with a right knee bone bruise was a bit optimistic.

"We don't know," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "He'll be day to day depending on the bruise and how he heals."

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ATLANTA -- Johan Camargo can continue to feel fortunate about the likelihood of returning to the Braves' lineup this season. But it appears the initial projection of being sidelined for two weeks with a right knee bone bruise was a bit optimistic.

"We don't know," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "He'll be day to day depending on the bruise and how he heals."

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Camargo was among the many who initially feared he might have suffered a season-ending injury when he took an awkward step while running on the field before the start of a game last Tuesday against the Phillies. The rookie shortstop stutter-stepped as he reached down to pick up some dirt as he has before every game. This time, his right leg buckled, causing him to fall forward near the first-base line.

The initial thought was Camargo might have damaged either his anterior or medial cruciate ligament. But he was relieved when an MRI showed no structural damage.

The Braves did not provide an official timeline for Camargo's return, but Snitker and the shortstop both initially said there was a chance he could return within two weeks.

Nearly a week after the injury, Camargo remains in Atlanta undergoing treatment for the knee, which remains quite sore. As he recovers, the Braves will continue to utilize Dansby Swanson as their starting shortstop.

"The good thing is [Camargo] didn't swell a lot," Snitker said. "He's a young, strong kid, so I'm probably thinking the optimistic projection is a couple of weeks. But you just don't know."

Braves bits 
Matt Kemp did not experience any problems with his strained right hamstring as he completed sprints and other running exercises before Monday night's game against the Rockies at Coors Field. Kemp will complete similar exercises again Wednesday. If all goes well, the Braves plan to activate him from the disabled list on Friday.

With Kemp sidelined, the Braves have been willing to take some gambles with Matt Adams in left field. But they will not be doing so this week at Coors Field, which features one of the game's most cavernous outfields. Danny Santana and Lane Adams are expected to split time in left field during the four-game series against the Rockies.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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