In the second half of their doubleheader against the Mets, the Braves suffered a scare to begin the game. Ronald Acuña Jr. was hit in the back of the shoulder in his first plate appearance, instantly going down in grueling pain.
Ronald Acuña Jr. was hit with a high fastball on the first at-bat of the game and exits with an injury. pic.twitter.com/A8TZOn1Gp6
— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) May 1, 2023
It was tough to watch, given Acuña’s reaction during the moments after, but I was hopeful — based on where the ball hit — that he might avoid anything serious. Thankfully, the prayers of Braves fans everywhere have been answered, as the team has reported that he left the game with a shoulder contusion.
#Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. was removed from today’s game with a left shoulder contusion.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 1, 2023
From the sound of it, Acuña won’t have to miss much time at all, and perhaps it was just one of those things that hurt really bad at first and only resulted in a bruise. If that’s the case, perhaps we could see him as early as the upcoming series against the Marlins.
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