Acuna played through a sore left wrist throughout the postseason, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. Acuna wasn't injured badly enough that the Braves feared he could cause long-term damage, so he played through the issue, knowing that he could heal over the offseason. That perhaps explains why he hit a disappointing .217/.333/.370 in 12 playoff games. It doesn't sound as if the injury is expected to affect him heading into next season.
Acuna went 3-for-5 with an RBI double in Thursday's series-clinching Game 2 win over the Reds in the NL Wild Card Series. The 22-year-old opened the scoring in the bottom of the fifth inning, doubling in Austin Riley. He certainly looks quite healthy after being scratched with a minor wrist issue ahead of the regular-season finale. Acuna now owns a .333/.412/.644 slash line in 11 career postseason games.
Acuna (wrist) is leading off and starting in center field Wednesday in Game 1 against the Reds. He missed the season finale with left wrist irritation but will start Game 1 of the NL Wild Card Series as expected. Acuna hit .256/.400/.620 against right-handed pitchers this season. Righty Trevor Bauer is starting for Cincinnati. Bauer held right-handed batters to a .146/.205/.220 line this season.
Acuna (wrist) is expected to play in Game 1 of the NL Wild Card Series on Wednesday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. Acuna was scratched from Sunday's regular-season finale with left wrist irritation, but his absence from the lineup was considered precautionary. Manager Brian Snitker confirmed after the game that he expects Acuna to take the field for the first game of the postseason Wednesday.
The Braves scratched Acuna from the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox with left wrist irritation, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Atlanta already locked up its spot in the postseason several days ago, so Acuna's absence from the lineup for the regular-season finale is merely considered precautionary. Acuna should be ready to go for the Braves' playoff opener, but Ender Inciarte will check into the starting nine in his stead Sunday.