Braves Notes: Ronald Acuña Jr. update, lineup shuffle and more

Ronald Acuña Jr. is out of the lineup for the third straight day as the Atlanta Braves prepare to open a three-game series against the Miami Marlins. Acuña is dealing with a sore quad, but manager Brian Snitker says that he is feeling better and was slated to run the bases prior to Friday’s game.

“He’s out there running the bases right now, so we’ll know a little bit more,” Snitker said. “He felt good, it’s improving. Hopefully they come back and he feels good and we’ll check him out in the morning.”

That sounds like there is at least a chance that Acuña could return to the lineup when the series continues Saturday. Acuña has been a big factor for the Braves on the field hitting .292/.400/.446 with a 136 wRC+ in 17 games. The plan was always to ease him back into action following the torn ACL, but he has been dealing with some nagging injuries of late. A sore groin cost him five games a couple of weeks ago and now there is the quad issue. Snitker was asked whether they considered giving him a stint on the injured list just to let everything heal up, but he said that they didn’t feel like it was serious enough to keep him out of action for that long.

“They talked about it, but I don’t think anybody felt strongly enough that he wasn’t going to get everything right…

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