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Ronald Acuna Jr. returns to Atlanta Braves after missing two games

Jun 21, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) reacts as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Mets during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 21, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) reacts as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Mets during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Ronald Acuna Jr. will bat leadoff and play right field for the Atlanta Braves on Friday night when they visit the Cincinnati Reds after he missed the Braves’ last two games with back tightness.

Acuna was a late scratch on Wednesday against the New York Mets with lower back tightness, and the Braves also kept him out of Thursday’s game against the Reds.

Atlanta manager Brian Snitker had called Acuna’s condition “a day-to-day thing.” The 2018 National League Rookie of the Year also dealt with ankle and abdominal injuries earlier this season.

In 68 games, Acuna is hitting .285 with 20 home runs and 45 RBIs. He leads the NL in runs scored (58) and is tied for the league lead in steals (15).

Acuna, 23, is a career .281 hitter with 101 home runs and 239 RBIs in 381 games, all with the Braves.

–Field Level Media