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Ronald Acuña Jr. may return to Braves opener vs. Reds

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With the Atlanta Braves opening a weekend series against host Cincinnati Reds on Friday, we expect Starlight Fielder Ronald Acuña Jr. to return to an already strong lineup.

On Thursday, Acuña rejoined the Defending World Series Champion in Philadelphia, but he didn't play after being treated for his left leg injured in Atlanta earlier in the week.

In three innings of Saturday night's home game with the Los Angeles Dodgers in Atlanta, Akna smeared the pitch from his left foot and left after eight innings.

"(Medical staff) said he was pretty good. Braves manager Brian Snitker said," He will be able to put weight on his feet. Will be a matter of time. " “A bruise takes a little longer.”

I found Acuña on Sunday using a medical scooter because the pain did not put pressure on my leg. No fractures were seen on x-ray and MRI.

The Braves will send left-handed Max Fried (7-2, 2.77 ERA) to the mound on Friday for the second start of the season with Cincinnati. In the opening round in Atlanta on April 7, Fried 5 he hit 8 hits and 5 runs in 2/3 innings, losing to the Reds 6-3.

His lifetime against Cincinnati, Fried 1-2, ERA 6.39, 4 appearances (2 starts). His only victory over Cincinnati was on August 1, 2019, when he allowed one run and four hits in six innings with a 4-1 victory in Atlanta.

The Reds started their sixth season with their left-handed Mike Minor (1-4, 7.71 ERA), who made his first career appearance with him. I will oppose it. Former team. The Braves are the last major league team he hasn't faced yet.

Minor was desolate when the Giants rocked him with 6 runs and 8 hits (including 3 home runs) in 5 innings at the start of Saturday in San Francisco.

The Braves marked 6-4 on Thursday night with a 14-4 road loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, finishing 10 games spanning over .500 teams.

This season, the Braves are 18-18 years old when playing against teams with a winning record and 26-15 years old when playing against teams under .500. The Braves closed the road trip in six games with three games in Cincinnati.

The Reds, who will open a home stand for 11 games, will play 21 of the 27 games at home in July. They finished a 3-3 road trip to San Francisco and Chicago on Thursday and suffered a 15-7 defeat to the Cubs.

One of Cincinnati's spark plugs is starting to get hot. Nick Senzel has been 11 to 23 (.478) in seven games since finishing the day from the starting lineup on June 22nd. His average rose from .203 to .240 in that span.

"I'm always working on making the necessary adjustments to put myself in the best position for consistency," Senzel said. "It's always an ongoing task, I keep working, I keep working. You never reach the end. You keep working, you keep improving. You experience failure and success. You I try to keep my heart strong and keep working on it. "

Reds manager David Bell added: Maybe the day off had nothing to do with it. There is no way to prove it. But there is no doubt that just taking a step back and watching the game will slow things down.

– Field-level media