Dansby Swanson, shortstop for the Atlanta Braves, left their game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday evening in the 5th inning. The reason for his exit was initially unclear, with rumors circulating across social media.
After the game, Swanson spoke to reporters and revealed that his wife, Mallory, had suffered an injury while playing for the United States Women’s National Soccer Team earlier in the day. “It was hard to focus on the game with everything going on,” Swanson stated. “I just wanted to be there for her.”
Swanson’s early departure was met with concern from fans and teammates alike, but the shortstop assured them that he would be back on the field soon. “My mind was just elsewhere tonight,” he explained. “But I’m looking forward to getting back out there and playing with my team.”
Swanson’s absence was felt, as the Braves went on to lose the game 14-9. However, the team and fans send their love and support to Swanson and his wife during this difficult time.