Constanza exits early after turning ankle

Constanza exits early after turning ankle

Constanza exits early after turning ankle
CHICAGO -- The Braves have enjoyed watching Jose Constanza race around the bases with reckless abandon over the past few weeks. They certainly did not enjoy having to watch him limp off the field during the sixth inning of Monday night's 3-0 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

But while discussing his team's fifth consecutive win, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he is hoping Constanza misses just a couple days with what is being labeled a slight right ankle sprain.

Constanza turned his right ankle as he was running through first base for an infield single. The 27-year-old rookie outfielder hit a grounder to the right side and then raced to the first-base bag, getting there at almost the same time as Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster.

After Constanza crossed the bag, he immediately began limping toward shallow right field. He remained there for a brief examination before gingerly walking to the dugout with Braves head athletic trainer Jeff Porter at his side.

"When he's hobbling, I'm thinking knee or hammy," Gonzalez said. "He has a history with that ankle. Hopefully it's nothing major. We'll give him a couple days and then hopefully get him back in there."

Jason Heyward will play right field in the absence of Constanza, who has batted .372 with a .417 on-base percentage and seven stolen bases through the first 23 games of his career. He made his Major League debut July 29.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.