Acuna Jr tears ACL; set for season-ending surgery
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. has reportedly suffered a season-ending knee injury during the team’s Saturday matinee against the Miami Marlins. After attempting a sensational grab in right field, Acuna‘s knee buckled and after attempting a few steps initially, he was only able to leave the field with the assistance of a medical cart.
The Braves announced later Saturday that the MRI revealed a clean tear of the ACL that will require surgery, forcing the Braves star to miss the remainder of the season.
At just 23 years old, Acuna was in the midst of an MVP-caliber season. He has posted a .281/.392/.593 line to go along with 24 HR, 52 RBI and 16 stolen bases coming into the game against Miami on Saturday. Acuna has finished in the Top 12 of the MVP voting every season he has been in the big leagues and he was primed to take that to new heights this year.
As for the Braves, they are dealt yet another big blow to their outfield and will need to pivot yet again if they are to make a serious playoff push. They had already lost OF Marcell Ozuna amid domestic abuse charges and now lose their brightest young outfield piece as well. The Braves currently sit at 44-44 on the season, 2nd in the NL East and just 4 games behind the 1st place New York Mets.
In Acuna‘s absence, it will be up to the likes of Freddie Freeman, Dansby Swanson and many others to pick up the offensive slack.