Ronald Acuña Jr. could make his Atlanta Braves return on Friday vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks.
However, Acuña did hit off the tee Wednesday and did participate in his baseball activities. With the Braves having a travel day ahead of their weekend homestand vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks, there is a very good chance we will see Acuña back on the field for Atlanta by the end of the weekend. Acuña has not played since injuring himself on a slide back into first base on Sunday.
It does not sound like a brief trip on the IL will be in the mix for Acuña and the Braves.
Acuña hit off a tee and completed some other activities today. He won't be available in tonight's chilly temps. But sounds like there's at least a chance he could be ready for Friday's game against the D-backs.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) April 21, 2021
Atlanta Braves: Ronald Acuña Jr. should be back in the lineup by this weekend
Braves Country was not in a good place when Acuña had to exit Sunday Night Baseball‘s game vs. the Chicago Cubs. He first hurt his abdomen diving back into the first base bag on a pickoff attempt. While he would stay in the game and score a run, he would then be removed from the contest after belly-diving across home plate. Acuña has been held out for precautionary reasons.
The shame in all this is Acuña has been on fire at the plate this year. After struggling like the rest of his teammates in the season-opening series vs. the Philadelphia Phillies, it has been Acuña’s world pretty much ever since, and we are just living in it. Though the Braves have had a hard time getting into rhythm in April, the only thing slowing down Acuña has been … himself, unfortunately.
Braves fans will rejoice once they see their beloved outfielder in the lineup later this weekend.