The Braves will have to wait until Monday to learn whether Ronald Acuña Jr. will need to be placed on the injured list.
Acuña suffered an abdominal strain that forced him to exit after he scored in the fourth inning of the Braves’ 13-4 win over the Cubs on Sunday night at Wrigley Field. The superstar outfielder traveled with the team to New York and will learn the severity of the strain after undergoing tests on Monday.
“It was so late here [in Chicago] that they couldn’t get the test that they wanted,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “So they’ll get it tomorrow in New York. We’ll know more then.”
Acuña exited after sliding headfirst across the plate on a Travis d’Arnaud sacrifice fly. During that same trip around the bases, he had pointed to his stomach a couple of times after diving back into first base on pickoff attempts.
“I don’t know if he did it [on the pickoff attempts], but that’s what aggravated it for sure,” Snitker said.
Snitker then said he was unaware of Acuña feeling any discomfort before Sunday night.
When Acuña scored, he remained on the ground momentarily and then grabbed near his abdominal region as he walked back to the dugout. He had convinced Snitker trainer Mike Frostad he was fine when they went to second base to check on him after a Freddie Freeman walk.
Acuña leads the Majors in home runs (seven), extra-base hits (14) and OPS (1.373).