Ronald Acuna Jr. suffers torn ACL, out for rest of Atlanta Braves season

Ronald Acuna Jr.
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The Atlanta Braves entered Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on a two-game losing streak and seven games back of the NL East division lead, having won just three of their past ten matchups.

Knowing his team needed a spark, reigning NL MVP Ronald Acuna led off with a double to center field just two pitches into the game. Unfortunately, Acuna’s day ended early after suffering a non-contact injury to his left knee while shuffling between second and third base in the top of the first inning.

Acuna collapsed on the basepaths at PNC Park and stayed down for a couple of minutes before trainers helped him off the field. Jarred Kelenic replaced Acuna in the Braves lineup.

Acuna previously tore the ACL in his right knee in 2021, but this injury is to his left knee.

Hours after the game, the Braves revealed Acuna suffered a complete tear of the ACL in his left knee. He has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

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