The Braves await an update on the status of star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr., who suffered from an abdominal strain that forced him out of Sunday night’s game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Acuna will be examined in New York on Monday, the Braves’ non-working day. Atlanta will play the Yankees in a two-game series that begins Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. Brian Snitker, manager of Braves, told reporters that Sunday’s game ended too late for Acuna to pass the necessary exams in Chicago.
“So they’ll get it in New York tomorrow and we’ll know more then,” Snitker said on MLB.com.
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Acuna was injured when he returned to first base in an attempt to pick up Cubs catcher Willson Contreras in the fourth inning. Then he pointed several times to his right middle section. He stayed in the game after Snitker and a trainer came out to speak to him on the second base where he took a walk. Acuna later slipped home headlong when she brought home a double game with a sacrificial flight at the end of the inning. He grabbed his stomach again and Snitker took him out of the game.
Acuna, 23, has carried the Braves offensive this season apart from Atlanta’s 13-4 win on Sunday. He leads the team with seven homers, 16 RBIs and an average of 0.419 (1.373 OPS). His dazzling start has increased his superstar status in baseball.
Atlanta is officially close on the outfield, with Ender Inciarte (thigh) and Cristian Pache (groin) both on the injured list. Acuna, Guillermo Heredia and Marcell Ozuna are the only outfielder on the Braves’ 26-man list. But third baseman Austin Riley and reserve infielders Johan Camargo and Ehire Adrianza have all played outfield for the majors.
Heredia, currently Atlanta’s midfielder, drove six runs with two home runs, one of which was a Grand Slam, against the Cubs on Sunday.