“It could end up being something really bad if you’re not careful,” Snitker said. “So we were better off shutting him down for the remainder of the weekend and then he’ll be ready to go full bore Thursday (NLDS Game 1).”
Acuna, in his first full season, played a major role in the Braves repeating as NL East champions. The reigning rookie of the year once again thrived from the leadoff spot, where he was inserted in early May after opening the season batting cleanup.
The injury ends Acuna’s pursuit of the fifth 40-40 season in MLB history. Acuna finishes with 41 homers and 37 steals. He slashed .280/.365/.518 with 101 RBIs and 127 runs scored. He led the National League in steals and scored the second-most runs in MLB.
Acuna is commonly projected in the top 10 of NL MVP voting. He finished 12th in voting last season.