Braves: Ronald Acuña Jr. leaves game with injury

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Ronald Acuña Jr. is having as good of a start to the season as anyone in baseball, establishing himself as the clear favorite for the NL MVP. In Game 1 against the Mets, he was one of the X-factors, going 3-for-5 at the plate with a mammoth homer. Entering Game 2, he was hitting .363 with five home runs and 13 steals, but the second half of the doubleheader began with a nightmare.

On an 0-2 count, Tylor Megill went high and inside with a fastball, striking Acuña in the back of the shoulder. The Braves superstar immediately went down in a lot of pain, where he stayed for a few minutes before walking to the dugout, clearly favoring his shoulder.

Typically, a ball taken to the back/shoulder area isn’t something that results in a long-term injury. So, I’m hopeful Acuña can avoid a lengthy stint on the IL.

With that being said, the reaction has me fearing the worse. He could barely move his shoulder as he walked off the field and was still wincing in pain. I’m sure he will undergo immediate tests in the clubhouse, and we’ll update you as soon as we learn anything.

Photographer: Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire

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