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Ronald Acuna Jr. Tears ACL: Out the Remainder of the 2021 Season
On Saturday, July 10th, 2021 the Atlanta Braves young and highly talented right – handed outfielder, Ronald Acuna Jr., tore his right ACL while playing right field in the Atlanta Braves’ 5 to 4 win over their National League East divisional rivals in the Miami Marlins. Unfortunately for the Atlanta Braves as well as Acuna Jr. this injury is severe, and it will require surgery to repair his right ACL. The young ball player is going to will the rest of the 2021 Major League Baseball season, but hopefully for the Atlanta Braves and himself he will come back strong during the 2022 MLB regular season.
Ronald ended up landing very awkwardly on his right leg following a play on the right filed warning track as he attempted to catch a line – drive ball put in play by the Miami Marlins’ Jazz Chisholm Jr. during the 5th inning of the Atlanta Braves’ victory over the Miami Marlins last Saturday night. Acuna Jr. slammed into the outfield wall in right field of Loan Depot Park located in Miami, Florida as he tried to make one of his signature amazing defensive web – gems, but during this heroic effort he crumbled to the ground of the warning track as he grabbed his right knee in pain immediately.
Acuna Jr. struggled to leave the game on his own two feet following this tragic play in which Chisholm Jr. of the Miami Marlins scored an in the park home run as Ronald fell to the ground as he suffered a bad as well as an extremely painful injury to his right knee. The medical staff at the ball park called for him to be carted off the playing field in order to receive immediate medical attention.
Following his test results the Atlanta Braves determined and announced that Ronald tore his right ACL, and the 23 year – old superstar will require surgery to repair his torn ACL. Acuna Jr. was instantaneously placed on the 60 – day injured list and he be forced to miss the remainder of the 2021 Major League Baseball season. The Atlanta Braves do expect him to make a full recovery, and he should be back in game action during the regular season of big – league ball next year assuming there are no major setbacks in his recovery.
"The only thing I can say is that I'm obviously going to put maximum effort to come back stronger than ever," Acuna JR. expressed through the Atlanta Braves’ interpreter, Franco Garcia, on a Zoom call on Sunday, July 11th, 2021. “If was giving 500 percent before, I'm about to start giving 1,000 percent. I knew something was wrong," Acuna said. "I guess I didn't understand the severity of it, until the doctor told me about it later on. Nothing I can do about it now. I can't control things I can't control."
"I think I'm a patient person and I think that's going to work in my favor," Acuna said. "Continue to work hard, trust the process of the rehab. Just continue to work hard. You get out what you put in. (Being selected) means a lot to me," Acuna Jr. goes on to say. "In that same sense, those fans who went out and voted for me, they deserve it as much as I did. I wouldn't be here without them."
"When I got the news (about the ACL), I was really sad. I love to play and that's what I want to do, to be able to play. I'm really sad and disappointed for the team. I know they need me and I want to be there for them, to help contribute. I have the utmost confidence in my teammates to go out and produce, and I know they'll do great," Acuna Jr. explained.
Ronald Acuna Jr.’s Baseball Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards
- 2 Time MLB All – Star (2019, 2021)
- 2 Time All – MLB Second Team (2019, 2020)
- National League Rookie of the Year (2018)
- 2 Time Silver Slugger Award (2019, 2020)
- National League Stolen Base Leader (2019)
- Member of the MLB 30 – 30 Club (2019)
Current MLB Standings (as of Wednesday, July 14th, 2021)
American League East
Boston Red Sox 55 – 36 0 Games Behind
Tampa Bay Rays 53 – 37 1.5 Games Behind
Toronto Blue Jays 45 – 42 8 Games Behind
New York Yankees 46 – 43 8 Games Behind
Baltimore Orioles 28 – 61 26 Games Behind
American League Central
Chicago White Sox 54 – 35 0 Games Behind
Cleveland Indians 45 – 42 8 Games Behind
Detroit Tigers 40 – 51 15 Games Behind
Minnesota Twins 39 – 50 15 Games Behind
Kansas City Royals 36 – 53 18 Games Behind
American League West
Houston Astros 55 – 36 0 Games Behind
Oakland Athletics 52 – 40 3.5 Games Behind
Seattle Mariners 48 – 43 7 Games Behind
Los Angeles Angels 45 – 44 9 Games Behind
Texas Rangers 35 – 55 19.5 Games Behind
National League East
New York Mets 47 – 40 0 Games Behind
Philadelphia Phillies 44 – 44 3.5 Games Behind
Atlanta Braves 44 – 45 4 Games Behind
Washington Nationals 42 – 47 6 Games Behind
Miami Marlins 39 – 50 9 Games Behind
National League Central
Milwaukee Brewers 53 – 39 0 Games Behind
Cincinnati Reds 48 – 42 4 Games Behind
Chicago Cubs 44 – 46 8 Games Behind
St. Louis Cardinals 44 – 46 8 Games Behind
Pittsburgh Pirates 34 – 56 18 Games Behind
National League West
San Francisco Giants 57 – 32 0 Games Behind
Los Angeles Dodgers 56 – 35 2 Games Behind
San Diego Padres 53 – 40 6 Games Behind
Colorado Rockies 40 – 51 18 Games Behind
Arizona Diamondbacks 26 – 66 32.5 Games Behind
Odds to Win the MLB 2021 World Series
According to Bovada sportsbook below are the odds to win the MLB 2021 World Series as of Wednesday, July 14th, 2021. Currently the Atlanta Braves have the overall 13th highest odds to win it all for this exciting 162 game regular season of Major League Baseball in addition to the 2021 MLB playoffs.
|Los Angeles Dodgers +350|
|Houston Astros +500|
|Chicago White Sox +700|
|San Diego Padres +700|
|New York Mets +900|
|Boston Red Sox +1000|
|San Francisco Giants +1000|
|Milwaukee Brewers +1200|
|Tampa Bay Rays +1200|
|Oakland Athletics +1800|
|New York Yankees +2200|
|Toronto Blue Jays +2200|
|Atlanta Braves +4000|
|Philadelphia Phillies +5000|
|Cleveland Indians +5500|
|Seattle Mariners +6000|
|Chicago Cubs +6600|
|Cincinnati Reds +6600|
|Los Angeles Angels +6600|
|St. Louis Cardinals +6600|
|Washington Nationals +6600|
|Minnesota Twins +20000|
|Kansas City Royals +25000|
|Miami Marlins +25000|
|Baltimore Orioles +100000|
|Colorado Rockies +100000|
|Detroit Tigers +100000|
|Pittsburgh Pirates +100000|
|Texas Rangers +100000|
|Arizona Diamondbacks +150000|
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“Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. vows he will return from torn ACL stronger than ever”, Bradford Doolittle, espn.com, July 11, 2021.
“Ronald Acuna Jr.”, baseball-reference.com, July 14, 2021.
“MLB Standings 2021”, espn.com, July 14, 2021.
“United States, MLB Futures, MLB 2021 World Series: To Win Outright”, bovada.lv, Sportsbook. July 14, 2021.On
Written by: David Green