The Braves are dealing with a major injury just before the All-Star break.
Right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. exited their second-to-last game before the break with a right knee injury. The 23-year-old Acuna had to be carted off after suffering the injury, which occurred when he tried to make a play on a ball hit to the warning track in right.
Acuna is one of the best players in baseball and was slashing .283/.394/.596 with 24 homers this season before the injury. Atlanta moved to 44-44 with a win Saturday as it tried to keep pace with the Mets in the National League East.
Here are all the details about Acuna’s injury and the latest updates on when he might be able to return to action.
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How long will Ronald Acuna Jr. be out?
The Braves confirmed on Saturday night that Acuna had suffered a full ACL tear in his right knee. He will miss the rest of the season.
OF Ronald Acuña Jr. underwent an MRI today that showed a complete tear of his right ACL. He will undergo season-ending surgery.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 11, 2021
Now, the question will be whether Acuna will be healthy for Opening Day in 2022.
What is Ronald Acuna Jr.’s injury?
Acuna has a torn ACL in his right knee. He suffered the injury after he landed on the warning track while chasing a fly ball to the right-field wall. He couldn’t put much weight on his leg as he tried to exit the field.
Acuna had previously dealt with ankle, abdomen and back injuries this season, but he appeared in 82 of Atlanta’s first 88 games before leaving Saturday’s contest.
Ronald Acuna Jr. injury timeline
Acuna suffered the ugly injury July 10 vs. the Marlins. The Braves confirmed later that night that he had suffered a torn right ACL.
The injury occurred when Acuna tried to track down a drive to the right-field wall by Miami’s Jazz Chisholm. The ball sailed over his outstretched glove. He came down hard on the warning track and crashed into the wall after missing the ball. He didn’t get up.
A look at the play, per the Bally Sports: Braves Twitter account.
Acuna eventually tried to walk off under his own power, but he couldn’t. He had to be carted to the dugout before Braves staffers helped him back into the clubhouse. Acuna was visibly upset during the ordeal.
Ronald Acuna Jr. injury updates
— July 10: The Braves confirm that Acuna suffered a torn right ACL and will miss the rest of the season.
— July 10: Acuna is carted off the field with an apparent knee injury. Braves manager Brian Snitker said that the team would know more about his status Sunday morning.