The first-place Atlanta Braves may have just avoided a massive loss. All-Star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. had to leave Friday’s contest against the Washington Nationals in the fourth inning after fouling a ball off his leg, but did not suffer a severe injury.
Things looked bad initially, however, as the 22-year-old needed help walking off the field. Acuña was unable to put any weight on his leg as he was helped off the field.
Ronald Acuña Jr. has to leave the game after fouling a pitch off his left foot or ankle. pic.twitter.com/aCSWnTpLX6— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) September 11, 2020
While the entire scene looked worrisome, Acuña appears to have avoided a major injury. X-rays came back negative on Acuña’s foot.
Acuna, Jr. X-rays on his foot revealed no fracture. He is day to day.— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) September 12, 2020
Acuña did not suffer any fractures. He’s considered day-to-day.
Braves need Ronald Acuña Jr. for the postseason
The news should come as a major relief for the Braves, as any significant injury to Acuña would have been devastating. At 26-18, the team leads the National League East, and is basically a shoo-in to make it to the postseason. Acuña, who is hitting .286/.440/.667, with 11 home runs, has arguably been the team’s best hitter this season. The Braves have a number of players who can carry their offense, but losing Acuña would hurt have immensely.
Acuña can take his time getting back. The Braves have a little over two weeks before the playoffs begin, and will want Acuña at full strength for the first round.
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