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Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. suffers terrifying injury scare

Braves, Ronald Acuna Jr.

Atlanta Braves fans held their breath when they saw star Ronald Acuna Jr. crumple to the ground after hitting first base awkwardly while running out a ground ball in the seventh inning of Thursday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Luckily, it doesn’t seem as if Acuna’s injury is too serious. The superstar outfielder had to leave the game after remaining on the ground for a bit, but he did walk off on his own power and X-rays on his left ankle came back negative. He’s considered day-to-day moving forward, so that’s a relief. The 23-year-old hasn’t been ruled out of Friday’s lineup.

Acuna is off to a monster start to this 2021 season. He hit his MLB-leading 12th dinger on Thursday, and he’s now hitting .302 with 24 RBI to go along with those 12 long balls.

Despite Acuna’s prowess, the Braves are off to a mediocre 17-20 start after losing 8-4 to the Blue Jays on Thursday. Atlanta ranks in the bottom half of MLB in batting average and on-base percentage, even with Acuna going nuts at the dish.

Meanwhile, the pitching has been a real problem. The Braves are 23rd in ERA, and it doesn’t help that Mike Soroka just suffered a setback with his Achilles injury and will require surgery.

Hopefully, Ronald Acuna Jr. will be back in the lineup as soon as possible and isn’t bothered by this ankle injury. Atlanta needs him at full strength in order to make a push up the NL East standings.