Acuña departs early with tight hamstring

August 31st, 2020

Less than a week after activating from the injured list, the Braves will once again have to take a cautious approach with their young star.

Acuña was removed after he felt right hamstring tightness during the 10-run second inning that carried the Braves to a 12-10 win over the Phillies on Sunday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Initially, it looked like Acuña may have felt the discomfort while scoring from second base on Freddie Freeman’s single during the second. But he actually began feeling the tightness while playing defense in the first inning.

“If you push that, something bad is going to happen,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “We’ll just see how he is tomorrow.”

Acuña homered off Gerrit Cole while making his first plate appearance after being activated from the injured list for Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Yankees. The 22-year-old outfielder had missed two weeks because of left wrist inflammation.