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MLB Commerce Rumors: Braves’ Plan for Outfield After Ronald Acuña Jr. Harm Revealed

Timothy Rapp @@TRappaRT Featured Columnist IV May 28, 2024 Justin Berl/Getty Images Ronald Acuña Jr. has been lost for the season for the Atlanta Braves, severely impacting their World Series hopes. And while the Braves could eventually look to bolster the outfield via a trade, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Tuesday that the Braves

MLB Commerce Rumors: Braves’ Plan for Outfield After Ronald Acuña Jr. Harm Revealed

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTX.com LogoFeatured Columnist IVMight 28, 2024

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - MAY 26: Ronald Acuña Jr. #13 of the Atlanta Braves is attended to by a trainer and third base coach Matt Tuiasosopo #89 after falling to the ground with an apparent injury in the first inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 26, 2024 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

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Ronald Acuña Jr. has been misplaced for the season for the Atlanta Braves, severely impacting their World Collection hopes.

And whereas the Braves might finally look to bolster the outfield through a commerce, Jon Morosi of MLB Community reported Tuesday that the Braves would “keep inside” with the trio of Michael Harris II, Jarred Kelenic and Adam Duvall:

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“Whereas I’m instructed for now they’re going to keep inside… I might count on sooner or later in time, an outfielder will arrive to Atlanta.”@jonmorosi on how the Braves will deal with Ronald Acuña Jr.’s damage and some outfielders he expects to be obtainable on the commerce deadline ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/cfFwFiE1NP

Defensively, will probably be Duvall taking Acuña’s spot in proper area in the intervening time. He had beforehand been platooning with Kelenic in left area.

“Proper now, it may be fairly constant,” supervisor Brian Snitker told reporters Monday. “It is what you see. That is who we received.”

The staff additionally known as up J.P. Martínez from Triple-A as a depth piece.

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As for who will hit leadoff, which will fluctuate.

“It is a day-to-day factor,” Snitker famous. “I like [Ozzie Albies] towards the lefty, and I’ll stick with him [there]. I do not know. We’ll see how everybody else goes and what it appears to be like like every day.”

Throughout Monday’s 8-4 loss to the Washington Nationals, it was certainly Albies atop the order.

There is no such thing as a changing Acuña, a four-time All-Star and the defending NL MVP. The Braves are a worse staff with out him. However they’ve proved able to weathering storms prior to now and nonetheless have one of many higher offenses in baseball.

“There are few gamers on this league which are on a stage that he’s,” third baseman Austin Riley instructed reporters. “It is a pleasure to observe him each night time. To see that occur, you are feeling for him. You’re feeling for him as a result of he is such a proficient participant. I do know he will work his butt off to get again. Nevertheless it’s positively robust to interchange Ronald.”

As for the present outfield trio, Harris is having a good season (.261, 5 homers, 17 RBI, 23 runs, eight stolen bases), whereas Kelenic (.258, three homers, 9 RBI, 14 runs) and Duvall (.209, 5 homers, 13 RBI, 12 runs) have been unremarkable, albeit whereas splitting time.

It has been a tricky 12 months for Atlanta, which additionally misplaced ace starter Spencer Strider for the 12 months. The Braves (30-21) already discover themselves six video games behind the Philadelphia Phillies (38-17) within the NL East.

If that gulf widens—or the staff finds itself struggling to remain afloat within the wild-card chase—it would not be shocking to see the staff make a splashier transfer on the commerce market.

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