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Ronald Acuña Jr. to undergo season-ending surgery for torn ACL [UPDATE]

The Braves suffered a tough loss on Saturday before the All-Star break. We break down the news surrounding Ronald Acuña’s injury.

Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 of the Atlanta Braves reacts after hitting a solo home run in the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park on July 7, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Update — Well, we feared it would be this. The Braves announced All-Star OF Ronald Acuna Jr. will undergo season-ending surgery for a torn ACL after receiving an MRI. Acuna was injured going for a fly ball in Saturday’s game vs. the Marlins. This has major implications for the NL East and could eliminate the Braves from contention without their best player. We’ll also await a replacement in the OF for the NL All-Stars with this news.

The Atlanta Braves head into the All-Star break trailing the New York Mets in the NL East, and the team has suffered a big loss 24 hours before the first half of the season comes to a close. Outfielder Ronald Acuña exited Saturday’s game against the Miami Marlins after injuring his right leg or knee while attempting a catch

Acuña was 1-for-2 with a run scored at the time of the injury. Abraham Almonte replaced him in the outfield. Acuña is hitting .281 for the season with 24 home runs and 52 RBIs and has a slash line of .281/.392/.593. He was voted to be a starter in this year’s All-Star Game.