When Ronald Acuna Jr. collided with the right field wall on Saturday evening, it was clear something was pretty wrong as he was unable to get up and prevent Jazz Chisholm from circling the bases. Replays showed that it appeared that he had hurt his right leg before colliding with the wall after landing awkwardly jumping for the fly ball off of Chisholm’s bat.
While there was a brief moment where it appeared that Acuna had escaped major injury when he tried to walk off the field, those hopes were quickly dashed when he was unable to walk off the field completely and had to be carted off the rest of the way. Manager Brian Snitker was understandably grim when asked about the injury after the game but did not have an update as Ronnie was still being evaluated.
We now have that update and its brutal.
OF Ronald Acuña Jr. underwent an MRI today that showed a complete tear of his right ACL. He will undergo season-ending surgery.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 11, 2021
This is among the worst possible outcomes not only for Ronald personally, but also for the Atlanta Braves. For Acuna, he was in the middle of a season that could have easily seen him contend for the National League MVP award by season’s end as he had already posted 3.9 fWAR through his first 81 games this season. You also have to worry a little bit about his long-term health as with any major injury such as this.
For the Braves, they just got back to .500 and have been desperately trying to remain in contention in a National League East division that seemingly no one wants to win. Injuries and off the field troubles had already robbed them of key players and recent lineups have, at times, had more in common with the Gwinnett Stripers than a major league lineup. Without Acuna for the rest of the season, to say that the Braves are in deep, deep trouble this season is not an understatement.