Ronald Acuña Jr. left the second game of Monday’s doubleheader in the first inning after he was hit by a pitch from New York’s Tylor Megill. The third pitch of the game hit Acuña up in the left shoulder area. After stumbling away, Acuña went down and appeared to be in a lot of pain. He was attended to by team trainers and left the game.
Ronald Acuña Jr. was hit with a high fastball on the first at-bat of the game and exits with an injury. pic.twitter.com/A8TZOn1Gp6— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) May 1, 2023
Acuña homered and finished a triple shy of the cycle in Atlanta’s 9-8 win in Game 1 of the doubleheader. He is off to a blistering start this season and entered Monday hitting .352/.440/.546 with a 166 wRC+. He also entered play Monday third in the majors with 1.6 fWAR trailing only Matt Chapman and Xander Bogaerts.
Kevin Pillar replaced Acuña and will stay in the game to play right field. We will pass along updates as soon as they become available.
Update - The Braves announced that Acuña left the game with a left shoulder contusion.
#Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. was removed from today’s game with a left shoulder contusion.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 1, 2023
Update - X-rays on Acuña’s shoulder came back clean but he was sent to a nearby hospital for further examination.
X-rays at the stadium were clean, but the Braves sent Acuña to a nearby hospital to get further images— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) May 1, 2023
Update - Further imaging revealed no fracture and Acuna is day-to-day.
Ronald Acuña Jr. is day-to-day after further imaging revealed no fracture.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 2, 2023