Braves celebrity Ronald Acuna Jr. left tonight’s recreation in opposition to the Cubs within the fourth inning “attributable to ache in his decrease stomach muscle groups,” the group introduced.
Acuna drew a stroll to start the fourth inning, after which “appeared to tweak one thing” (as per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian) whereas diving again to the bag on a pickoff try. After advancing to second base on a Freddie Freeman stroll, Acuna was visited by the Braves coach however remained within the recreation, and later needed to dive throughout the plate to attain on a Travis d’Arnaud fly ball. For the underside of the fourth, Ehire Adrianza took Acuna’s spot in proper subject and Johan Camargo entered the sport to take over for Adrianza at second base.
Extra might be recognized about Acuna’s standing after he undergoes assessments, however for sure, each Atlanta followers and your complete baseball world at giant are holding their breath that the damage is a minor one. After establishing himself as one of many sport’s finest gamers in his first three MLB seasons, Acuna is already drawing NL MVP buzz after hitting a rare .419/.486/.887 with seven residence runs over his first 72 plate appearances.
Ought to Acuna need to miss any time, he’ll be a part of fellow outfielders Cristian Pache and Ender Inciarte on the injured checklist. The shorthanded Braves nonetheless have Marcell Ozuna in left subject, however may need to depend on some mixture of Guillermo Heredia, Adrianza, Camargo, or Austin Riley to deal with the opposite two outfield positions within the interim. Atlanta does have a number of skilled choices at its alternate coaching website (together with Phil Ervin, Abraham Almonte, and Terrance Gore), in addition to prime prospect Drew Waters.