rookie outfielder was trying to get into the lineup Monday, less than 24 hours after his manager Brian Snitker thought the phenom’s season might be over.
“I feel better than I did yesterday,” Acuna said through an interpreter, according to. “I just thank God it wasn’t worse than it was.”
Acuna suffered a mild ACL sprain in his left knee and a lower back contusion after tripping while running past first base during Sunday’s game in Boston. It appeared he suffered a significant injury and was sent to hospital for evaluation before flying back to Atlanta later that night.
“I thought his season was over when I went out there,” Snitker said.
Acuna was reportedly pleading to play the second game of the Braves’ doubleheader with the New York Mets on Monday, but the club opted to play it safe and place him on the 10-day disabled list. He’s eligible to come off the DL on June 7.
The 20-year-old is one of the top young players in the majors. In 29 games this season, he’s hitting .265/.326/.453 with five home runs, seven doubles, and 13 RBIs.
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