By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to The Athletic’s Atlanta Braves insider Dave O’Brien, manager Brian Snitker said Ronald Acuña Jr. left Saturday’s game as a precaution. He had fouled a ball off of his foot against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
O’Brien claims that Snitker did not want Acuña Jr. to “push it.” His foot became sore after the earlier at-bat when he was initially injured in the third inning.
The medical staff will evaluate Acuña Jr. on Sunday. Depending on their recommendation, Snitker then will decide what to do next.
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Acuña Jr. had four at bats in the game before leaving in the ninth inning. He had one hit in four at bats. He also scored one run with two strikeouts.
He was replaced in the game by Guillermo Heredia.
The four-year veteran has a .282 batting average through Saturday. He also has seven home runs and 18 RBIs in 42 games.
If he cannot go in the series finale, then Heredia may get the start. Acuña Jr. would get his second breather this week.
He previously missed Thursday’s game, as Snitker gave him some rest against the San Francisco Giants.
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Should he not play in the series finale, the Braves have a day off on Monday before beginning a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia on Tuesday. He may play again in the series with the Phillies barring the outcome on Sunday.
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