Braves: Ronald Acuña looks ready to go, but don’t expect to see him until at least May

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On the surface, it looks like Ronald Acuña could go out and mash 50 home runs tomorrow. Monday, he told reporters that he feels 95% and was also mashing baseballs off the scoreboard in batting practice before screaming, “I’m back!”

A couple of days ago, Brian Snitker also raved about how hard Acuña has worked to stay ahead of schedule.

If it were up to Acuña, he would undoubtedly be out there on Opening Day. And truthfully, I think he would probably be just fine. However, that’s not a risk you take with arguably the best player in baseball. Until Acuña is 100% cleared by the Braves’ doctors, I highly doubt we see him on the field, which means it’s possible he doesn’t make his debut until June.

With the DH now in the National League, hopefully, we see him before late May in some capacity, but I can’t imagine it will be much earlier than that, even if there are no setbacks. The Braves simply can’t afford to take any risks with the new face of their franchise.



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