Following a three-game absence due to soreness in his surgically repaired knee, Ronald Acuña returned to action on Wednesday night and was the difference in the game.
Ronnie “Ice Tray” Acuna is back @Barstool_ATL pic.twitter.com/qGxL5uV7pn
— Starting 9 (@Starting9) September 1, 2022
That 444-foot blast gave the Braves a 3-0 lead, and they ended up needed every ounce of the cushion, as Kenley Jansen would go on to surrender a two-run homer in the ninth.
Thankfully, Jansen was able to avoid a total collapse and forced the next batter to groundout to end the game. It was a win the Braves desperately needed, but it wasn’t all smiles from Ronald Acuña, who had some very discouraging comments about his knee after the game.
I asked Ronald Acuña how his knee was feeling. “Terrible. But we’re going to play through it until the season is over.”
— Gabe Burns (@GabeBurnsAJC) September 1, 2022
This might be the fifth time over the past few weeks that Ronald Acuña has talked about the pain in his knee, describing it as terrible.
The only positive is the Braves don’t seem too hesitant in playing him, so the doctors must feel there is no risk for re-injury because of the pain. If there were, there is no way the organization would keep trotting him out there. Acuña is the Braves most prized possession — arguably the best player in the game when healthy. They wouldn’t risk his long-term health for a playoff run.
With that being said, this is undoubtedly something to monitor moving forward. I would love to say I am not worried at all about his future playing status, but I would be lying. Expect the Braves to take things very cautiously with Ronald Acuña the rest of the way.
Photo: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire
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