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.
Acuna (hip) is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Royals.
This isn't all too surprising after the outfielder was removed from Tuesday's game with right hip tightness, an injury he picked up while running down a flyball in the outfield in the second inning. Acuna will benefit from an off day Thursday before potentially rejoining the lineup for Atlanta's final series of the season, which begins Friday in New York. Billy Hamilton is starting in center field Wednesday.
Acuna (hip) may not return until sometime this weekend, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
Acuna exited Tuesday's game against the Royals with left hip tightness, an injury he picked up while chasing down a fly ball in the outfield in the second inning. While his removal was deemed precautionary and he's being considered day-to-day, the Braves -- who have already clinched the NL East -- figure to handle the 21-year-old with care with four games left in the season.
Acuna left Tuesday's game as a precaution due to left hip tightness, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
He went 0-for-1 in his lone at-bat before being replaced by Billy Hamilton. Acuna apparently suffered the injury trying to run down a ball in the outfield in the second inning and was seen limping slightly. He is day-to-day with four games left on the schedule.
Acuna left Tuesday's game against the Royals in the third inning with an undisclosed injury, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
Billy Hamilton hit for Acuna in the third inning but it's unclear why Acuna was pulled.
Acuna is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants.
The Braves have given their top players a chance to rest since clinching the division crown Friday night, so Acuna will get a day off for the first time this month. Billy Hamilton will start in center field Sunday for the second day in a row.
Acuna went 2-for-2 with two walks, a double, a two-run homer and a second run scored in Friday's 6-0 win over the Giants.
The 21-year-old has homered in back-to-back games to give him 41 on the year, and he's now reached the century mark in RBI for the first time with 101. Atlanta has only seven games left on the schedule for Acuna to steal the three bases he needs to reach 40/40, but with the NL East title already clinched, he may not be in the lineup for all of them.
Acuna went 1-for-3 with a walk, two-run home run and two runs scored Thursday against the Phillies.
Acuna took Aaron Nola deep in the third inning to record his 40th home run of the season. With the long ball he joined Eddie Mathews and Mel Ott as the only players to record a 40-homer season by age 21 or younger. With 37 stolen bases on the campaign, he also has the chance to build on his already impressive production by putting together a 40/40 season.
Acuna went 1-for-5 with a solo home run, two stolen bases and another run scored in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.
Acuna launched a solo home run off Blake Parker in the seventh inning to bring the Braves within one, but that would be the closest they'd get en route to the loss. The team-leading long ball was Acuna's 39th of the season to go with 119 runs and 36 stolen bases, all career highs for the talented 21-year-old.
Acuna went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, three runs and two walks during a 7-2 victory over the Phillies on Monday.
The 21-year-old inches closer to a 40/40 season. Acuna has cooled off considerably in September, but three of his five hits this month have gone for extra bases, including two homers. He is batting .280 with 38 home runs, 94 RBI, 116 runs and 34 steals in 582 at-bats this season.
Acuna went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Thursday's win over Washington.
Acuna singled and stole second base in the first inning to set up Atlanta's first run, then mashed a solo homer to right field in the fifth. Baseball's lone 30-30 man is up to 37 homers and 34 steals on the season and has a legitimate chance of becoming the fifth player in MLB history to join the 40-40 club.
Acuna went 0-for-3 with a walk, two stolen bases and two runs Sunday in the Braves' 5-3 win over the White Sox.
Acuna went hitless across eight at-bats over the weekend, but he proved that he doesn't need to make an impact with the bat to aid fantasy managers. With two more steals on his ledger, Acuna is now up to 33 on the season to go along with his 36 home runs. He'll have a legitimate shot at becoming the first player since the Nationals' Alfonso Soriano achieved the feat in 2006.
Acuna is not in the lineup Saturday against the White Sox.
Acuna has started every game since the All-Star break, slashing .275/.352/.544 with 15 home runs and 18 stolen bases during that 45-game stretch. He'll give way to Billy Hamilton in center field Saturday.
Acuna went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.
His fifth-inning blast off Caleb Smith gave Acuna 11 homers in August and 36 on the year. The 21-year-old was also caught stealing for the second time in three games, leaving him stalled at 29 steals on the season.
Acuna went 1-for-2 with a base hit before being pulled from Sunday's game against the Dodgers in the top of the fifth inning after making a couple of baserunning gaffes in the bottom of the third inning, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
Though Acuna reached on a single in his final plate appearance of the day, he denied himself of a potential double when he was slow to get out of the batter's box while watching the ball travel through the air. He then compounded matters by getting thrown out on a steal attempt, with manager Brian Snitker pulling him from the game early as a result. While Acuna's removal spells a disappointing end to his day, fantasy managers are likely just happy that the superstar outfielder isn't dealing with any sort of injury.
Acuna went 1-for-4 with a walk, a two-run home run and a second run scored in Thursday's loss to the Mets.
He not only hit a homer of his own, Acuna robbed J.D. Davis of one with a leaping grab over the left-field wall in the sixth inning. The 21-year-old now has an incredible 10 home runs through 14 games in August to go with a .355/.403/.871 slash line, three steals, 19 runs and 19 RBI.
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