‘Then it really hurts’

The current strongest ‘Hotajunjok’ is continuing a breathtaking move. There are concerns that serious injuries may occur.

Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuna Jr. is down again. Acuna was hit in the knee by his own foul ball during an away game against the Miami Marlins at Londippo Park on the 5th (hereafter Korean time).

At the beginning of the 6th inning, with Atlanta leading 4-3, Acuna, who entered the plate with 2 out and 1st base, swung the sinker at right-hander Huaskan Brajovan’s first pitch of 96.1 miles inside. However, the ball hit the bat and hit Akuna’s left knee hard.

Akuna, who had fallen on the spot, held his knees for a while and put on a painful expression. Trainers and coaches rushed out to check Acuna’s condition.

However, after about a minute and a half, he got up from his seat as usual, and after expressing his intention to finish the at-bat, he struck out with a swing against Brazovan and withdrew. In the bottom of the 6th inning, he also played defense. However, he was replaced during defense in the bottom of the 7th inning.

After the game, Atlanta coach Brian Snicker said, “If you get hit on the knee with such a hard blow, it can hurt. But he’s fine,” he said.

Earlier, in the first at-bat in the first inning, Acuna, who went on base due to an error by opponent first baseman Yuli Gurriel, hit home with Sean Murphy’s double, and in the second inning, with 2nd out and 3rd base, Acuna made a heavy hit to make the score 3-2. He scored the go-ahead. He also managed to steal second base from Matt Olsen’s at-bat. And in the fourth inning, he went on base with an intentional fourth pitch.

Acuna, who posted 1 hit in 3 at-bats, 1 RBI, 1 run and 1 steal, marked the season with a batting average of 0.355 (44 hits in 124 at-bats), 6 homers, 20 RBIs, 29 runs scored and 15 stolen bases. As of this day, it is ranked first in points and steals in both leagues. Home runs tied for 6th in the National League. Bae Ji-hwan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Esteuri Ruiz of the Oakland Athletics are tied for second in stolen bases, closely trailing with 13.

In the second game of the double header against the New York Mets on the 2nd, Acuna was hit in the left shoulder by Tyler Megil’s 93.4 mph fastball in the first inning and collapsed on the spot, suffering for over a minute. As a result of the detailed examination, he did not show any major abnormalities, but the next day, he played normally against the Miami Marlins and showed remarkable recovery by going 1 hit, 1 RBI and 1 base in 3 at-bats.메이저사이트

Acuna is considered a strong candidate to reproduce the 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases that last Alfonso Soriano lost in 2006. He went 40-40 in 2019, but suffered a season-end injury that limited him to 41 homers and 37 stolen bases.

It remains to be seen whether Akuna, who got up immediately after being hit by the pitcher’s fastball and his own foul batted ball one after another and collapsed, will go ahead with the game again this time.

In early April 2019, Acuna signed a long-term contract for 8 years and $100 million (approximately 132.8 billion won), and was guaranteed status until 2026, but the 2027-2028 team option is at stake, so in reality, the 2028 season must be completed to obtain FA qualification.

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