MINNEAPOLIS -- Ozzie Albies will proudly place his late father’s nickname on the back of his jersey during Players’ Weekend, which MLB will celebrate Aug. 23-25, while the Braves are playing the Mets at Citi Field.
Albies has chosen to display “BOLLY” and a praying hands emoji on the back of his jersey. The 22-year-old second baseman is appreciative of this chance to honor Osgarry Albies, who died of a heart attack in 2013, just a few months before Ozzie left Curacao to begin his professional career with the Braves.
“It means a lot to me because he is the one who helped me get to where I’m at today,” Albies said. “He brought me to the field and always supported me.”
Teams will wear monochromatic black or white uniforms during Players’ Weekend. This should highlight the various ways players choose to use the jerseys and various equipment -- including bats, spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves and catcher’s equipment -- to showcase their passions, backgrounds and interests.
Ronald Acuña Jr. will serve as the Players’ Weekend Ambassador for the Braves. His jersey nickname will once again be "EL DE LA SABANA," which translates to "From Sabana," the region in Venezuela where he was raised.
Culberson at short
Dansby Swanson’s absence has been felt as the Braves have been burdened by the limited range Johan Camargo has shown while serving as the starting shortstop since July 23.
Braves manager Brian Snitker opted to sit Camargo and start Charlie Culberson as the shortstop in Tuesday night’s game against the Twins. Culberson served as Atlanta’s starting shortstop during last year’s National League Division Series, but his only three previous starts this season were in right field (two games) and first base (one game).
“Camargo has been struggling a little bit,” Snitker said. “I just wanted to give Charlie a crack. Charlie hadn’t played there in a while, but he’s certainly capable. It’s just kind of a different look.”
Camargo has produced a .599 OPS this season and a .411 OPS over the 50 plate appearances he has compiled since Swanson was placed on the injured list with a bruised right heel. Swanson is undergoing treatment in Atlanta this week and he will likely have to play at least one Minor League rehab game. There is still a chance he could be activated at some point during this weekend’s series in Miami.
Inciarte was removed from Monday night’s game because of tightness in his right quad muscle. But the three-time NL Gold Glove center fielder was back in Tuesday’s starting lineup.