Atlanta Braves cancel Ronald Acuna Jr. from the lineup as MRI reveals grade 1 quad strain

ATLANTA — Braves rightfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was dropped from the Atlanta lineup on Wednesday due to a strained right quadriceps.

An MRI revealed a grade 1 strain, and it’s day to day.

About 90 minutes before the first pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies, the team announced that Acuna would be sitting. He woke up with a sore feeling and tested his leg by running on the field before deciding to skip the game.

Acuna is hitting .292 with 2 home runs, 8 RBIs and 8 stolen bases in 65 at bats since returning from reconstructive right knee surgery on April 28. The two-time All-Star and 2018 National League Rookie of the Year recently missed five games with right groin tightness. He went 2-for-3 with three RBI’s and scored the deciding run in Tuesday’s walk-off win over the Phillies.

Atlanta has been careful with Acuna, who tore his ACL last year and required seasonal surgery.

Travis Demeritte replaced Acuna on right and batted in ninth, going 0-for-4 in the team’s 8-4 win. Ozzie Albies reached Acuna’s leadoff spot in the batting order, going 1-for-5 with two RBI’s.

This report uses information from The Associated Press.

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