Even before the Braves took on the Dodgers Tuesday night, there was a lot of hype surrounding the organization when Ronald Acuna took the field for the first time since July 10th for a rehab assignment in Gwinnett. He started in right field and hit leadoff for the Stripers, and it didn’t take long for him to look like his All-Star self. After hitting a fairly deep flyout to center in his first at-bat, Acuna came just a couple of feet from going yard the second time around.
Rehabbing @Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. is all smiles after this double off the wall for @GoStripers! pic.twitter.com/ZeMNpe0n2U
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) April 19, 2022
It doesn’t look like Acuna has missed a beat, which is just about the least surprising thing ever. He’s not like the rest, and he probably could have been ready much sooner if the Braves needed him. Rightfully, the organization has taken things slowly with him, but if he continues to look like he did tonight without any setbacks, I don’t see why the Braves would wait much longer to bring him up.
Acuna would finish the night after five innings and three-at bats. In his third time up, he grounded out to third.
Ronald Acuña's night is done after five innings. Three at bats: a fly ball to center, a double off the top of the right field wall, and a grounder to third plus a few fly balls caught. A positive start to his rehab.
He is replaced by Justin Dean in right.#AcuñaWatch2022
— Gwinnett Stripers (@GoStripers) April 20, 2022
We’ll keep you updated with the rest of Acuna’s results on the farm as he continues to rehab in Gwinnett.
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