If Acuna did rest during Wednesday’s finale in Kansas City, he’d have two consecutive days off with Thursday’s idle date before the team begins its final series in New York.
Acuna said he’d like to play Wednesday - he alerted the Braves to his hip issue yet still campaigned to stay in for another at-bat Tuesday - but those decisions aren’t his to make.
“I’ve felt it before but I’m a warrior and I’m going to keep playing through these things,” Acuna said. “That’s just the way that I am. I was dealing with it and pushing through it. Eventually it just got to the point where it became intolerable and I mentioned something to the trainers.”
The early exit and possible rest also endangers Acuna’s pursuit of 40-40. He’s hit 41 homers but sits at 37 stolen bases with the four games to play.