Acuna, Ozzie Albies and Charlie Culberson were able to take at-bats against live pitching this week, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. The trio of hitters joined Mike Foltynewicz, Mike Soroka and Sean Newcomb at a high school in the Atlanta area for some more intense reps than the players had been getting in their respective batting cages and bullpen sessions, as each pitcher tossed three simulated innings of about 15 pitches against his teammates. Acuna and the other Atlanta hitters appeared to be more than ready for a second training camp, and hopefully a regular season, to begin.
Acuna went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins. The 22-year-old comes into this season with sky-high expectations, but Acuna's performance this spring has left a lot to be desired -- he's slashing .138/.194/.138 with 14 K's in 31 plate appearances. There's no indication he's injured however, just searching for his timing at the plate, and he remains firmly in the conversation for the first overall pick in most fantasy drafts.
Acuna is starting in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals on Thursday, leading off. The 21-year-old was sidelined since Sept. 24 with a left hip strain but is ready to go for the first game of the NLDS. Prior to the injury, Acuna hit .280/.365/.518 with 41 home runs and 37 stolen bases this season.
Acuna had no issues with his hip following a workout Tuesday, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. A minor injury had kept Acuna off the field since Sept. 24, but he was expected to be ready to go for the playoffs. He's remained on target and is expected to be playing at 100 percent for the first game of the NLDS on Thursday against the Cardinals.
Acuna (hip) has been shut down for the remainder of the regular season, though he's expected to be ready for the National League Division Series, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The Braves are playing it safe with Acuna, who exited Tuesday's game against the Royals with right hip tightness and was eventually diagnosed with a groin strain, per David O'Brien of The Athletic. While he'll continue to hit and throw over the next week, he won't appear in any more regular-season games, ending his quest for a 40-40 season at 41 home runs and 37 stolen bases. The expectation is that the 21-year-old will be good to go for Game 1 of the NLDS.
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