Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr suffers meniscus injury, will have MRI

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This isn’t how anybody in Braves Country wanted to kick off the weekend. After being removed from the lineup prior to yesterday’s game,’s Mark Bowman has reported that Ronald Acuña Jr has irritation around his meniscus and will undergo further testing on the right knee.

As Bowman notes, the hope is that Acuña can be ready for Opening Day, but there is absolutely no need to rush anything, especially if the MRI reveals something more damning than just irritation.

A meniscus injury, even if it is torn, isn’t the end of the world. It will likely mean Acuña will miss somewhere around 6-8 weeks and that’s in a worst-case scenario. Given Acuña’s injury history, particularly with that right knee, the Braves aren’t going to rush anything.

Hopefully, the reigning NL MVP is ready for Opening Day, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Braves put an emphasis on adding another outfielder very soon in case their worst fears are realized.

Photo: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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