The most exciting player in baseball is returning to the diamond. Ronald Acuña Jr., rehabbing from major knee surgery, was reactivated from the Injured List on Thursday morning. After going 2-for-5 for the Triple-A Stripers with Alex Anthopoulos in attendance Wednesday night, Acuña returns to Atlanta. He was 7-for-19 (.368) with three stolen bases in six rehab games for Gwinnett but hadn’t played all nine innings until last night’s win over Norfolk — not going more than six in his previous rehab starts.
AA saw all he needed to see and likely gave the nod that Acuña would play the entire game instead of just six innings as the initial plan indicated. The superstar outfielder will return to Atlanta tonight and start in right field, according to Mark Bowman.
Acuña will play RF tonight and then take tomorrow off after traveling. He'll be back in RF for Saturday night's game against the Rangers. The Braves will then monitor his workload by occasionally using him as a DH. He likely won't play a day game after a night game for a while.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) April 28, 2022
The two-time All-Star had a .990 OPS at the time of his injury against the Marlins and was well on his way to the NL MVP. Now, he’ll return to a Braves’ lineup that desperately needs him. Although he won’t be an everyday player in the immediate, we aren’t far from seeing Acuña in the lineup every single day.
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