Braves’ Acuña ready to start minor league rehab on Tuesday

by: RICHARD J. MARCUS, Associated Press

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. will begin a rehab stint with Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday as he nears a return from the torn right ACL that ended his 2021 season.

Atlanta said ahead of a Sunday night game in San Diego that Acuña would join Gwinnett in Jacksonville for a series beginning Tuesday.

“I’m sure he’s excited to play real games in the spotlight,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “It ends where we can pick it up. It will be a boost for this club.

Acuña, 24, is a two-time All-Star and was playing as an MVP contender last season before injuring his knee in the outfield at Marlins Park on July 10. He was hitting .283 with 24 homers and a .990 OPS in 82 games at the time of the injury. He remained a spectator of the Atlanta World Series title race.

Acuña started this season on the 10-day injured list and trained at the club’s spring training facility in North Port, Florida.


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