10:20PM: The worst-case state of affairs has occurred, because the Braves announced that Acuna suffered “a whole tear of his proper ACL” and can miss the remainder of the season after present process surgical procedure. ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan estimates a restoration timeline of 9-10 months for Acuna, so the outfielder will very probably miss time at the beginning of the 2022 marketing campaign.
5:13PM: Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. needed to be carted off the sector after struggling an obvious harm to his proper leg or knee in at present’s recreation in opposition to the Marlins. Acuna suffered the harm whereas attempting to make a leaping catch of a Jazz Chisholm fly ball that as an alternative went for an inside-the-park homer. Acuna tried to stroll off the sector beneath his personal energy, however he needed to halt halfway to the dugout, and was visibly in ache as he sat on the bottom.
Extra might be identified about Acuna’s standing after the sport, however at first look it definitely seems like a possible season-ending harm for the celebrity outfielder. That is truly the fourth time Acuna has needed to make an early exit from a recreation this season because of an harm, however whereas these earlier cases resulted in simply a few missed video games, at present’s harm seems to be far more critical in scope.
Acuna is having fun with yet one more large all-around season, as soon as that earned him a beginning nod on the NL All-Star group. The 23-year-old has hit .283/.394/.596 with 24 dwelling runs over 360 plate appearances, together with 17 stolen bases and an NL-leading 72 runs scored. Solely Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr. had gathered extra fWAR this season than Acuna’s 3.9 mark, additional cementing his standing as one of many sport’s brightest skills.
Sadly, it now looks as if Acuna’s fourth MLB season might be a minimum of placed on maintain, and fairly probably ended altogether. It isn’t a attain to say that the Braves’ destiny is tied to Acuna, and if he’s certainly dealing with a long-term absence, the group may resolve to throw within the towel and resolve to promote on the July 30 commerce deadline. Atlanta entered at present’s play 4.5 video games behind the Mets for first place within the NL East, however the Braves have solely a 43-44 report, and (based on Fangraphs) a 14.8% probability of reaching the postseason.