With the Braves getting ever-closer to clinching a playoff berth — and perhaps even beating the Mets out for the NL East — they received some much-anticipated good news on Ronald Acuña.
Acuña gave an update on his ailing knee, which has impacted him the entire season after he underwent surgery at the end of the 2021 campaign.
The star right fielder underwent ACL surgery last year which forced him out for the Braves World Series run. Thankfully for Atlanta, Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies and Co. were able to lead their team to a championship without Acuña in tow.
But to repeat, the Braves will need their best player — and they’ll need him to perform as such. Friday night was a good start, as he hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning which aided a come-from-behind victory over the Phillies.
Braves: Ronald Acuña gives positive injury update
Acuña received plenty of praise from his teammates after the game, but it was a comment the three-time All-Star made about his own health that should excite Braves fans with a chance to repeat.
“I feel like the pains and aches went away,” Acuna said, via MLB.com. “I hope they stay away, because as great as it was to be able to DH, it was a little boring, to be honest. I like to be in the field, and hopefully, I can keep going out there every day.”
This wasn’t the only promising news Atlanta received on the day, as Ozzie Albies returned on Friday night as well. Albies return brought with it a postseason atmosphere, and Acuña took notice.
“That’s the thing I love most about playing my best, the fans and their reaction, I feel like it’s really a motivator,” Acuña said, via the AJC. “Your play on the field can garner that kind of reaction from fans, to me that’s the best.”
October is right around the corner.