The injury bug continues to bite the Atlanta Braves. Ronald Acuña Jr. was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup due to lower back tightness. Ehire Adrianza will now start in right field while Dansby Swanson moves into the lead off spot.
Brian Snitker said that Acuña came in with some back soreness Wednesday. He will receive treatment and is considered day-to-day. Snitker added that outfielder Guillermo Heredia’s wrist is still sore but he will be available off the bench Wednesday night.
Obviously the Braves can’t afford to be without Acuña for any length of time so hopefully this isn’t something that is serious and he is ready to go Thursday in Cincinnati. Atlanta will play tonight’s game with two true outfielders and an infielder in their outfield to start. That is a perfect example of just how hard their outfield depth has been hit this season.
The Braves began play Wednesday four games back of the Mets for the NL East division lead.