After going through warm ups yesterday, Ronald Acuña said he felt fine and would be good to play Saturday against the Padres. The extra day of rest seemed like nothing more than a precaution. However, at some point between now and then, that changed.
Acuña has been held out of the lineup again today and will have an MRI on his groin, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Acuña (groin) will have a MRI today.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) May 14, 2022
Justin Toscano of The AJC added that the Braves superstar is still experiencing groin soreness.
Ronald Acuña arrived at Truist Park with the same groin soreness that has kept him out of the lineup. He will get an MRI today. The Braves hope it’s just a precautionary measure and that it’s nothing serious.
— Justin Toscano (@JustinCToscano) May 14, 2022
Anytime you’re hoping something is a precautionary measure, it usually isn’t. I don’t believe this is going to be something that costs Acuña months of the season. With that being said, groin injuries can linger, and there’s a high chance he has to spend at least some time on the Injured List.
That’s brutal news for the Braves, who continue to stumble out of the gate. It’s almost insane how close the start of this season feels like the start of last season. Of course, last season ended in the Braves raising the Commissioner’s Trophy. That’s the good news; the bad news is that playing like a below average team for a significant portion of the year is not the path to sustained success. The Mets are a very talented team that is playing some of the best baseball in the league. The Braves can’t afford to fall behind much further.
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