May 19, 2024

Braves News Update: Ronald Acuña Jr. back in action following injury scare. The Atlanta Braves’ star outfielder is set to return to the lineup for Thursday’s Spring Training matchup against the Tampa Bay Rays, much to the relief of Braves fans.

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Acuña’s comeback comes after a brief hiatus from baseball activities due to discomfort in his right knee, stemming from a rundown incident during a game. Notably, this is the same knee that underwent surgery in 2021. Fortunately, the issue turned out to be minor irritation in his meniscus, alleviating concerns about a serious setback.

The Venezuelan player took time off to allow his knee to rest, with the Braves cautiously guiding his return to the field under the guidance of manager Brian Snitker and the team’s training staff. Acuña’s return to camp, coupled with his upbeat demeanor and humor with the media, signaled a positive outlook.

To ease him back into action, Acuña will serve as the designated hitter for Thursday’s game, ensuring he doesn’t overexert himself too soon. With two weeks remaining until the regular season opener in Philadelphia, the Braves aim to have their star player fully fit and ready to contribute to their pursuit of another World Series title. Acuña’s projected lead in stolen bases for the upcoming season underscores his crucial role in the team’s success.

Additionally, Austin Riley, an integral part of the Braves lineup, is also set to return after a brief absence due to illness. Riley’s strong showing in Spring Training reflects his determination to excel, aiming for accolades like a Gold Glove or MVP.

With both Acuña and Riley back in action, the Braves look to maintain their health and momentum as they gear up for the challenges of a grueling baseball season. The game against the Rays, featuring Chris Sale on the mound, kicks off at 1:05 PM EST.

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