Ronald Acuna Jr. injury update: Braves star to be examined after suffering abdominal strain
The Braves are awaiting an update on the status of star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr., who suffered from abdominal tension that forced him out of Sunday night’s game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Acuna will be considered Monday, a day of rest for the Braves, in New York. Atlanta will face the Yankees in a two-game series starting Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters Sunday’s game ended too late for Acuna to receive the necessary exams in Chicago.
“So they’ll have it tomorrow in New York and we’ll know more then,” Snitker said, by MLB.com.
Acuna was injured as he plunged back into first base on a pick-off attempt by Cubs wide receiver Willson Contreras in the fourth inning. He pointed to his right midsection several times after that. He stayed in the game after Snitker and a coach came to speak with him at second base, where he had advanced on a step. Acuna later slipped home first on a late-inning sacrificial steal double play. He grabbed his abdomen again, and that’s when Snitker pulled him out of the game.
Acuna, 23, carried the Braves’ offense this season outside of Atlanta’s 13-4 win on Sunday. He leads the team with seven home runs, 16 RBIs and a batting average of 0.419 (1.373 OPS). His meteoric debut elevated his status to a baseball superstar.
Atlanta is officially short in the outfield with Ender Inciarte (hamstrings) and Cristian Pache (groin) both on the injured list. Acuna, Guillermo Heredia and Marcell Ozuna are the only forwards on the Braves’ 26-player list. But third baseman Austin Riley and reserve players Johan Camargo and Ehire Adrianza have all played on the field in the majors.
Heredia, the Atlanta center fielder at the moment, had six runs with two home runs, including one in the Grand Slam, against the Cubs on Sunday.