Sometimes things happen that just happen. That is currently the case. Atlanta Braves star outfielder Ronald Acuña snatched his ACL and will undergo end-of-season surgery.
Acuña is one of the brightest young stars in the game, and we’re all playing without him for the rest of the season. The Braves were expected to be a struggling team in the NL East this season. Currently playing 4.0 games behind the resurrected New York Mets, losing to Acuña for the year will obviously hamper his ability to make a run for the playoffs.
He was in a game earlier today when Acuña jumped for a ball just off the right wing and landed hard on his right leg on the warning court, his right knee flaming. Acuña fell onto the track and immediately grabbed his right knee before turning in apparent pain.
Acuña was in the middle of a very strong season. Before suffering his end-of-season injury, the 23-year-old hit .281 / .392 / .593 with .985 OPS, 24 home runs, 52 RBI, and 16 stolen bases. He’s not only the face of his franchise, but one of the youngest super star faces in the baseball game at all.
Acuña was recently named Starter All-Star Game on the field outside for the National League, compiling the second-highest number of votes in the MLB with 2,510,031 votes.
If the Braves are somehow able to make the playoffs, not seeing Acuña on the bigger stage is a tremendous loss for the game. Any hope of seeing phenomenal teammate Fernando Tatis in San Diego and Acuña fight in the postseason will have to wait at least another year.