Ronald Acuña Jr.’s latest injury update isn’t exactly promising

Ronald Acuña Jr. arrived at the Atlanta Braves clubhouse on a medical scooter.

In case you wanted to know how Atlanta Braves Star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. goes to work on a medical scooter Sunday afternoon the day after he fouled the ball on his left foot.

Lost in all the drama of Atlanta’s 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Saturday night’s prime time, Acuña was pulled out in the ninth inning in favor of Guillermo Heredia. While Heredia often gets into games in the last frame as a defensive outfield substitute, that’s almost never the case for Acuña, who stripped his cleat on the Atlanta bench as the swelling continued.

At that moment, Acuña injured his left foot for the first time. It happened at the end of the third inning. While Acuña played through most of the rest of the game, he failed to finish it.

When the Braves sent out this tweet of their starting lineup for Sunday’s series finale with the Dodgers, it was made very clear that Acuña’s foot injury was a little more serious than expected.

While there is “no fracture, protective boot or crutches” on his injured left foot, it remains to be seen if Acuña will have to go IL. Atlanta is fortunate to have a day off Monday before division rivals the Philadelphia Phillies come to town on Tuesday night.

Ronald Acuña Jr. could potentially go back to IL after injuring his left foot

let’s be real This injury could have been so much worse. He could have broken his leg like Ozzie Albies did in the batter’s box earlier this month. What are the odds of two star players from the same team going into 60 Day IL with the same freak injury? It’s also not like Acuña has been in clean health for the past year or so. Nobody’s blaming him here, but that’s the way it is, folks.

What it really boils down to is if the swelling can go down and Acuña can put pressure on his foot, he could be back in the lineup sooner rather than later. The Braves are fortunate that the DH is now universal, which could theoretically speed up his return to the lineup. While you’d expect the Braves to proceed with caution, they’re a better team when he’s in the lineup.

With Acuña not playing at all for the next two days, that could be enough time to see if he can try against Philadelphia on Tuesday night. If he needs an extra rest day after that, then a Wednesday return is not to be scoffed at. However, if he misses the next few days for Atlanta, it probably serves the Braves to put him on IL so he can try and get back to 100 percent.

It’s unfortunate that Acuña got injured in this way, but at least he didn’t break anything. Ronald Acuña Jr.’s latest injury update isn’t exactly promising

John Verrall

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