Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña has already missed one postseason, he’s not about to sit out another.
Ronald Acuña was forced to sit out all of the 2021 postseason with an injury, and had to watch from the dugout as the then-Freddie Freeman led team won the franchise’s first World Series in decades.
With Freeman out the door, Acuña is one of the unquestioned leaders of this group. He will be called upon in big moments this postseason.
During Wednesday’s Game 2, Phillies pitcher Zack Wheeler hit Acuña with a 96 mph fastball on the hand. Acuña was writhing in pain, but he still stayed in the game, eventually scoring the Braves first run.
Acuña was still an asset for the Braves in the outfield as well.
When asked about the injury postgame, Acuña revealed that his x-rays came back negative, and that there was no way he’d miss another playoffs after last year.
“I already missed one postseason, I’m not going to miss another one,” Acuña said.
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Okay, Ronnie. You have our attention.
Acuña was able to avoid injury this time around, but his stance often leaves him vulnerable on that inner elbow and hand area. Hopefully this is the last time he flirts with disaster in the 2022 postseason.
As for Atlanta, they evened the series at one game apiece despite managing just four hits on Wednesday night. Wheeler gave up three runs, all in that sixth inning of play, which started with Acuña reaching base.
Kyle Wright was excellent for the Braves on the bump, and gave his team every opportunity to eventually scratch across some runs.