Pregame rite goes wrong for rookie SS

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

At­lanta Braves rookie short­stop Jo­han Ca­margo suf­fered a bone bruise in his right knee while jog­ging onto the field be­fore Tues­day night’s game against the Philadel­phia Phillies.

Ca­margo was tak­ing the field when his right knee ap­peared to lock as he reached down to grab a hand­ful of dirt or touch the chalk on the first-base line. He fell to the ground on the in­field grass.

The di­ag­no­sis was made fol­low­ing an MRI. The Braves ini­tially said the in­jury was a hy­per­ex­tended knee.

Ca­margo, on crutches af­ter the game, at­trib­uted the in­jury to “bad luck.”

“I do the same thing ev­ery time,” Ca­margo said through an in­ter­preter.

Ca­margo was un­able to put weight on his right leg when leav­ing the field. He needed as­sis­tance from as­sis­tant trainer Jim Lovell and third base coach Ron Wash­ing­ton.

Braves Man­ager Brian Snitker said he has never seen a player get hurt run­ning onto the field.

“That was a first. What a way to start the day,” Snitker said af­ter the Braves’ 5-2 loss.

Snitker said Ca­margo will be placed on the dis­abled list and is ex­pected to miss two weeks.

Jace Peter­son re­placed Ca­margo in the lineup at short­stop. Ca­margo is hit­ting .292 with 3 home runs and 19 RBI.

The ver­sa­tile Ca­margo be­came the reg­u­lar at short­stop when top prospect Dansby Swan­son was op­tioned to Class AAA Gwin­nett on July 27. Swan­son was hit­ting .213 with 6 home runs and 35 RBI when de­moted.

Swan­son was pulled out of Gwin­nett’s lineup Tues­day night shortly af­ter Ca­margo’s in­jury and was for­mally re­called to the Braves on Wed­nes­day.

AP/JOHN AMIS

At­lanta Braves rookie short­stop Jo­han Ca­margo (cen­ter) was placed on the dis­abled list af­ter suf­fer­ing a bone bruise in his right knee while jog­ging onto the field Tues­day at SunTrust Park in At­lanta.

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