Braves: Ronald Acuña could DH and be back by April

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If you’ve seen the videos of Ronald Acuña at Spring Training, you’d expect him to be in the lineup on Opening Day. The kid is just a freak athlete and looks like he could go out tomorrow and hit 50 homers. Monday, he told reporters that he felt 95% and was also smoking baseballs 500 feet in batting practice before screaming, “I’m back!”

Brian Snitker has raved about how hard he’s worked to stay ahead of schedule, but it’s incredibly improbable Acuña is out there for the first pitch of the season. Being the face of the franchise, smart organizations wouldn’t rush him back, which is what the Braves plan on doing.

However, Acuña is going to be back sooner than expected. According to Jim Bowden, the plan is for him to DH around April 21 and then playing OF by May 21.

This is fantastic news, and it never would’ve been possible without the new universal DH. It won’t be long until we see the best player in the sport knocking balls into the Chop House again.

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