When the Atlanta Braves won the World Series last season, they were forced to do so without star outfield Ronald Acuña Jr., who suffered a season-ending ACL tear in July. Although that was around nine months ago, the 24-year-old has yet to make his 2022 MLB debut.
Fortunately, the Braves received great news on Thursday with his latest injury update. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Justin Toscano is reporting that Acuña could begin his rehab assignment as early as next week.
Ronald Acuña Jr. Injury Update
Acuña has advanced to simulated games in recent days, meaning his progress over the weekend will be indictive of when his rehab stint could begin. Regardless, Braves fans are likely anticipating his return now more than ever.
The two-time MLB All-Star has been nothing short of spectacular ever since making his debut in 2018. Since then, he's seen 1,516 at-bats over 395 games with the Braves, tallying 105 home runs, 246 RBIs and a .281/.376/.549 career slash line.
It'll be interesting to see whether or not Acuña's injury will affect his production. He led the MLB with 72 runs scored before his ACL tear while his 24 HRs in 82 games put him on pace for 47 homers in a 162-game season.
The Braves' 2022 campaign hasn't started off well, with the club going 3-5 in its first eight games. They still have the fifth-best odds (+1200) on FanDuel Sportsbook to win the World Series, though it's clear that they could use Acuña's bat back in the lineup to help maintain those odds.
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