Braves star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. is absent from the team’s lineup for the third straight game Saturday against the Padres because of lingering soreness in his left groin. He will get an MRI, manager Brian Snitker said.
Acuña missed Wednesday’s game against Boston and the Braves were off Thursday, so they initially hoped he would miss only one game. But after checking him out Friday afternoon, the decision was made to rest Acuña for at least one more day.
Snitker said Friday that Acuña was “day to day” and would be checked again Saturday before a decision on whether to play him. Acuña said he felt fine Friday and, when asked if he would play Saturday, replied “Sí.”
“He came in sore so they’re going to have him do an MRI just to make sure nothing’s going on,” Sniker said Saturday.
Acuña was just reinstated from the injured list on April 28, over nine months after tearing his ACL and having season-ending surgery. He hasn’t had any problems with his surgically repaired right knee.
The 2018 National League Rookie of the Year is hitting .282 with a .391 OBP, .878 OPS, four extra-base hits and 5-for-5 stolen bases in 10 games. In his past six games, Acuña is 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, two home runs, five walks and a .482 OBP.
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