ATLANTA, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Atlanta Braves catcher Javy Lopez is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season and possibly the playoffs with a high left ankle sprain.
Lopez suffered the injury in the eighth inning of Sunday's 9-6 loss to the New York Mets. Robin Ventura of the Mets slid into the plate and his leg wrapped around Lopez's ankle as the catcher reached for a thrown ball.
The injury was diagnosed follow an examination on Monday by Braves orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joe Chandler.
"Javy's availability for the rest of the regular season is extremely unlikely," Braves general manager John Schuerholz said. "Beyond that, it'll be a matter of how quickly the healing process takes place and the amount of pain that Javy might still be experiencing."
The loss could be a costly one for the Braves, who begin a three-game series with Philadelphia on Tuesday night. The Braves lead the Phils by two games in the National League East.
Lopez hit .377 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 20 September games to raise his season batting average to .267.