Acuna went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, two runs scored and a stolen base in Saturday's 5-3 extra-inning loss to the Rockies.
The rookie boasts a scorching .388/.453/.836 slash line through 18 games in August with eight homers, five steals, 16 RBI and 20 runs. It's taken him a bit longer than expected to hit his stride due to injury, but Acuna is now emerging as the dominant five-category fantasy weapon his talent suggested he could be. He's hitting .295 with 19 homers, 43 RBI, 53 runs and 10 steals in 71 games this season -- and he won't turn 21 until December.
Acuna (elbow) will hit atop the order and man left field against the Rockies on Thursday.
Acuna won't miss any additional time after exiting Wednesday's contest following a hit by pitch in his first plate appearance. He underwent post-game X-rays and a CT scan, which both showed no damage to his left elbow. Dating back to Aug. 8, he's slashed .471/.514/1.235 with eight home runs and 15 RBI.
Initial X-rays on Acuna's elbow came back negative.
Acuna, who exited Wednesday's game after being hit on the elbow by a Jose Urena fastball, also underwent a CT scan, though the results are still pending and won't be announced until Thursday. While the rookie won't be out of the woods until after his test results are disclosed Thursday, early indications are that he avoided a more serious injury.
Acuna exited Wednesday's game against the Marlins with an apparent injury after being hit by a pitch, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
After homering from the leadoff spot in three straight games, Acuna was struck on the elbow by a Jose Urena fastball during his first at-bat of the game, prompting both benches to clear and Urena to be ejected. While the rookie sensation was initially able to stay in the game, he was replaced by Adam Duvall in the outfield prior to the second inning. Acuna was apparently seen flexing his hand while walking off the field. Specifics of the injury remain unclear at the moment, though more should be known once he's further evaluated following the conclusion of the game.
Acuna went deep for the fifth consecutive contest and has now tallied eight home runs to go along with 15 RBI, 13 runs and two stolen bases in his last eight games. Those that waited patiently for Acuna to get promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett in late April and endured his absence for most of June due to a knee injury have reaped the benefits in the second half, with the 20-year-old more than justifying his status as the consensus top prospect heading into the campaign.
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