Braves hoping for good news after d’Arnaud exits with dizziness

– Max Fried’s dominant stretch ended in ugly fashion and the Braves struck out a season-high 18 times. But Travis d’Arnaud’s health was the primary concern following a 3-1 loss to the Padres on Friday night at Truist Park.

“With his history, I think you’re always concerned,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “We’ll see what it looks like tomorrow.”

d’Arnaud exited because of the dizziness he felt after his mask was smashed by a foul ball in the fifth inning. The initial tests indicated he didn’t suffer a concussion, and Snitker labeled the injury to be a “head contusion.”

But given d’Arnaud has been diagnosed with four concussions throughout his career, any head trauma should be concerning. He will be re-evaluated on Saturday.

“I saw him for 30 seconds there after the game and he seemed fine,” Braves first baseman Matt Olson said. “He definitely wasn’t as much in a daze as he was [when he suffered a concussion] last year. So hopefully that’s good and hopefully it’s nothing too serious.”

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d’Arnaud didn’t speak to the media after the game. The Braves said they didn’t want to subject him to the bright TV camera lights.

d’Arnaud was hit square in the mask with a Luis Arraez foul tip to begin the fifth inning. The 35-year-old catcher turned to grab a new ball and then bowed his head. He played through the remainder of the half-inning, but was replaced by Chadwick Tromp at the start of the sixth.

“He stood there on his haunches a little longer than normal,”

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