WATCH: Braves' Ronald Acuña Jr. falls down on first home run since suffering ACL injury last July

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Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. introduced his very first crowning achievement given that returning from the torn ACL that he suffered last July Friday night versus the Milwaukee Brewers (GameTracker). That injury, by the method, too soon ended his season, avoiding him from taking part in the Braves’ World Series run last fall.

Acuña delivered his crowning achievement versus Milwaukee’s left-handed starter Eric Lauer in the bottom of the 4th inning. According to Statcast’s information, the ball left the bat taking a trip at 111.7 miles per hour and brought some 450 feet. Acuña evidently created such force that he even lost his footing after finishing his swing, triggering him to stumble and arrive on the ground on his rear end.

Take an appearance:

Here’s that exact same swing from a side angle:

Friday night’s blast was Acuña’s very first versus big-league competitors given that July 7, 2021. On that day, he struck a solo crowning achievement versus Will Crowe of the Pittsburgh Pirates. (He suffered the ACL injury a couple of days later on, on July 10.)

Acuña entered the night having actually had a hard time in his very first 6 video games back. In 28 plate looks, he’d batted .200/.286/.240 (51 OPS+) with a double and 2 taken bases. He had actually set out 11 times and drawn simply 2 strolls. 

Acuña’s battles are reasonable provided his layoff and his shortened rehabilitation stint. He appeared in all of 6 minor-league video games prior to being triggered. Fittingly, Friday night’s video game was the contest the Braves had actually initially circled around for his return. Atlanta selected to bring him back previously when another beginning outfielder, Eddie Rosario, went on the hurt list due to the fact that he needed eye surgical treatment. 

The Braves might utilize a hearty and hale and locked-in Acuña if they wish to offset some early season battles. The Braves gone into Friday night’s video game with a 12-15 record on the year, putting them 6 ½ video games back of the New York Mets in the National League East.



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