WATCH: Braves’ Ronald Acuña Jr. falls on his first home run since his ACL injury last July


Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his first home run since returning from the cruciate ligament tear he sustained last Friday night in July against the Milwaukee Brewers (GameTracker). Incidentally, that injury prematurely ended his season and prevented him from competing in the Braves’ World Series run last fall.

Acuña hit his home run against Milwaukee’s left-handed starter Eric Lauer in the bottom of the fourth inning. According to Statcast’s data, the ball left the bat at 111.7 miles per hour and carried about 450 feet. Acuña apparently generated such force that he even lost his footing after completing his swing, causing him to trip and land on his back on the ground.

Just look:

Here’s the same swing from a side angle:

Friday night’s blast was Acuña’s first against a major league competition since July 7, 2021. That day he hit a solo home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Will Crowe. (A few days later, on July 10, he suffered the ACL injury.)

Acuña entered the night after fighting back in his first six games. In 28 plate appearances he had hit .200/.286/.240 (51 OPS+) with a double and two stolen bases. He had struck 11 times and only pulled two walks.

Acuña’s struggles are understandable given his release and reduced rehab stint. He appeared in all six minor league games before being activated. Fittingly, Friday night’s game was the contest the Braves originally circled for his return. Atlanta opted to bring him back earlier when another outfielder, Eddie Rosario, was put on the injured list because he needed eye surgery.

The Braves could use a hearty and healthy and caged acuña if they’re going to make up some early-season struggles. The Braves went into Friday night’s game with an annual record of 12-15, 6 ½ games behind the New York Mets in the National League East. WATCH: Braves’ Ronald Acuña Jr. falls on his first home run since his ACL injury last July

Justin Scacco

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