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Ronald Acuna Jr. will go for MRI, out of lineup again Saturday vs. Padres

Braves star is dealing with a groin injury and will not play to start the weekend.

Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 of the Atlanta Braves looks back as he was attempting to steal second base against the Boston Red Sox prior to a single by Matt Olson #28 of the Atlanta Braves in the seventh inning at Truist Park on May 10, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Update — Acuna is set to have an MRI on his groin injury, per manager Brian Snitker. This could mean we see Acuna on the injured list and/or the injury is more serious than previously thought.


Atlanta Braves OF Ronald Acuna Jr. is not in the lineup for Saturday’s game vs. the San Diego Padres due to a groin injury. This will be the third straight game missed by Acuna, who is back with the Braves after tearing his ACL last season. Atlanta dropped the first game of the series on Friday 11-6. Travis Demeritte was the leadoff hitter and in right field in place of Acuna. He’ll remain in that spot for Saturday afternoon’s contest.

Demeritte went 3-3 with 2 walks against the Padres on Friday night. He’s also on a four-game hitting streak and hit a HR against the Red Sox a few games ago. Demeritte has done a decent job filling in for Acuna in the short term. Hopefully the All-Star can avoid a stint on the injured list.