The outfielder will miss the remainder of the 2021 season after suffering a torn ACL and expected to be out 9-10 months, the team announced.
Acuna landed awkwardly on his right leg after jumping on the warning track in right field to try to catch a line drive from Jazz Chisholm Jr. in the fifth inning. Acuna slammed into the outfield wall and crumbled on the warning track, immediately grabbing his right knee while Chisholm sprinted out an inside-the-park homer. Acuna was carted off the field in tears.
“You never want to see one of your teammates go down like that, especially being in pain the way he was,” said shortstop Dansby Swanson. “That’s never a good sign. But we’re hopeful and praying for a quick recovery with whatever the diagnosis [is].”
Chisholm briefly enjoyed his inside-the-park homer, but reality quickly kicked in with the seriousness of Acuña’s injury.
“I was feeling kind of sad,” Chisholm said. “Before the game, we were talking about who was going to hit a home run today. For it to come at that expense, it kind of sucks for me and him in a way, because the way that I got my home run is because he got hurt.”
The 23-year-old was hitting .281 with a .985 OPS and 24 home runs for the Braves before the injury. He was named to the National League All-Star team and was replaced by San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado after the injury was revealed.