Even after a 3-5 start, the Braves will be just fine. Still, they could use an infusion of juice into the lineup. Outside of a 16 run explosion from the offense against Washington, the bats have been silent more times than not. The Braves have scored three runs or less in six of their eight games. Fortunately, a pretty big answer looks to be on the way.
According to Justin Toscano, Ronald Acuña could begin rehab assignments next week. He’s already playing simulated games, and if everything goes well, we could see him in Atlanta very soon.
Ronald Acuña could begin a rehab assignment as soon as next week. He is playing in simulated games, and the team wants to see how he looks this weekend.
Here's the tentative plan: https://t.co/TMEEntBIMe
— Justin Toscano (@JustinCToscano) April 15, 2022
The Braves are targeting an early May return for the face of their franchise. However, he will likely only be used as a DH for a few weeks until they feel comfortable with him moving around in the outfield.
The situation, however, is a fluid one. If at any point during his return Acuña feels uncomfortable, I imagine they will reel things back considerably and possibly even shut him down for a while. With that being said, if Acuña sets the world on fire during his rehab assignments, there will be no reason for the Braves to wait. In that scenario, he should be back in Atlanta by the end of the month.
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