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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Braves’ Acuna kept out, unable to put pressure on left leg

ATLANTA ( Associated Press) — Ronald Acuna Jr. is not making a debut in the Atlanta Braves’ game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night after fouling a ball with his left foot the previous night.

Acuna walked around the Braves clubhouse on Sunday afternoon with his left knee on a medical scooter to keep his leg elevated. The test showed no fractures, but the star outfielder said he could not put pressure on his leg.

“I would say it’s something that worries me a little bit, but we’ll see how it goes,” Acuna said.

Akuna was not wearing a protective boot. He said he asked for Scooter “because I feel like I can’t put pressure on my leg.”

The Braves are closed on Monday, giving Acuna two days to rest.

Braves manager Brian Snitker said the injury was “just an injury” and added “we’ll see where he is on Tuesday.”

Asked if he’s worried that Acuna can’t put pressure on his leg, Snitkar said, “No, if it’s not broken.”

Acuna fouled a ball over his left foot in the third innings of the Braves’ 5-3 win on Saturday night. He remained in the game before leaving after the eighth inning.

“I just kept playing and then as the game progressed, it just got to the point I really couldn’t stand it,” he said.

Acuña is hitting .281 with seven homers and 18 RBIs in his return this year from an ACL torn in his right knee. He tore a ligament last July when he landed awkwardly while attempting a catch in right field in Miami and missed the rest of the season as Atlanta won the World Series.

Acuna leads the Braves with 13 stolen bases and has returned to an everyday role in right field after spending time as a designated hitter early in his return.

“It’s a feeling that reminds me a little bit of last year, the frustration of just not doing anything related to rehab or rehab assignments or anything,” Acuna said. “I just want to be able to play every day. The frustration is not being able to play every single day.”

Shortstop Dansby Swanson is hitting the leadoff, the location usually near Acuna. Adam Duvall starts in right field while Marcel Ozuna, the commonly designated hitter, is in left field.

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