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Braves superstar Ronald Acuña Jr. receives inspiring update on ACL recovery

Braves, Ronald Acuna Jr

Ronald Acuña Jr.’s ACL tear in June almost derailed the Atlanta Braves season. Fortunately, the team rallied and ended up winning it all while their franchise star recovered. Although he didn’t contribute to the World Series run in the postseason, he plays a huge role for the Braves.

In 82 games this past season, Acuña posted an OPS of .990 and 84 recorded hits, 24 home runs, 19 doubles and 17 stolen bases. He does it all for Atlanta on offense and defense and the team is eagerly awaiting his return. Many athletes remain out for over a year after tearing their ACL. That may not be the case for the 24-year-old outfielder.

According to ESPN’s Marly Rivera, Acuña is hoping to return in May. Although a stall in his progress could change things, it’s a great sign that the Braves could have him back in the second month of the season.

The Braves are hoping to bring Freddie Freeman back in the lineup with Acuña this season. The All-Star first baseman has not yet re-signed and the team is considering a pivot to Matt Olson if he leaves. It’s a very bad look for the defending champs, though their title window wouldn’t immediately close if Freeman leaves.

The Braves still have a very strong team around Acuña. All-Stars Austin Riley and Ozzie Albies are around his age, so Atlanta should be very competitive for years to come. Getting Acuña back is the first step towards defending their title.