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Braves’ Ronald Acuña Jr. takes major step toward return from ACL injury

Braves, Ronald Acuna Jr

The Atlanta Braves are in the middle of their fourth series of the 2022 season. At 5-7, they’ve played all 11 games without Ronald Acuna Jr. The star has yet to make his season debut due to an ACL tear.

Acuña suffered the injury in July of 2021. While it’s kept the outfielder out of commission for the greater part of a calendar year, things are looking good for his return. Acuña will join the Gwinnett Stripers in a major league rehabilitation assignment Tuesday night. The Braves’ Triple-A team takes on the Miami Marlins’ affiliate Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

The Braves tweeted the news Tuesday afternoon.

This is huge news for the Braves, a team struggling early on in the season. With Acuña likely available soon, he could easily turn the season around for Atlanta. Before his injury, the young outfielder averaged .283 batting with 24 home runs and 52 RBIs in 82 games, roughly half of the regular season.

The 24-year-old is expected to spend a little bit of time in the Minor Leagues before returning to his spot on the Braves active roster. For now, Acuña is slated to make his MLB season debut on May 6. Less than two weeks away, the Friday night game starts Atlanta’s three-game home series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

In the meantime, the Braves will attempt to push their record above .500 without their star outfielder. Atlanta continues its three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night. The Braves are 0-1 in the series.