Acuña Jr. Overcomes Another Knee Injury: Will He Repeat His MVP Performance in 2024?

Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves outfielder, likely to be fit for Opening Day despite meniscus irritation

Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves has been diagnosed with irritation in the meniscus of his right knee and is expected to be ready for Opening Day on March 28 against the Philadelphia Phillies. The injury occurred during a game against the Minnesota Twins when Acuña was caught in a rundown, but he remained in the game until the fifth inning and participated in pregame batting practice the next day. An MRI revealed the extent of the injury.

Interestingly, this is not the first time that Acuña has experienced an injury to his right knee. In 2021, he suffered a torn ACL and underwent surgery by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who also performed the surgery three years ago. Despite missing the second half of the season, Acuña returned to the Braves’ lineup in late April of the following year. Last season, he played 159 games for the Braves and made history by becoming the first player in MLB history to achieve 40 home runs and 70 stolen bases in a season. These accomplishments led to him being voted as the unanimous NL MVP and making him the consensus No. 1-ranked player in 2024 fantasy baseball drafts.

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