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Ronald Acuna Jr. considered day-to-day after exiting Thursday vs. Blue Jays [UPDATE]

Braves superstar was forced to leave early after hurting himself trying to beat out a throw to first base.

Atlanta Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. scores a run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Truist Park.  Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Update: The Braves say that X-Rays came back negative on Acuna’s ankle and that he’s going to be day-to-day. The team will see what the deal is tomorrow before their opener vs. the Brewers.

Atlanta Braves OF Ronald Acuna Jr. was forced to leave Thursday afternoon’s game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays after suffering an apparent ankle injury. Acuna was trying to beat the throw to first base on an infield hit and stretch it out too much hitting the bag. He came up limping and the Braves took him out in the bottom of the 7th in favor of Austin Riley, in a slew of moves because it’s the National League. Here’s a look at the injury:

The NL MVP candidate went 1-for-4 with a solo HR to start things off before having to leave the game. The early exit was likely as a precaution but we could see Acuna sit on Friday to start a weekend series with the Milwaukee Brewers. Acuna is the favorite to win NL MVP on DraftKings Sportsbook at +275. He’s leading the Braves in pretty much every statistical category so far this season: .304 batting average, 11 HRs, 23 RBI and a 1.043 OPS through 34 games.