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3 Atlanta Braves injuries that could doom chances of World Series repeat

3 Atlanta Braves injuries that could doom chances of World Series repeat

Jul 26, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr reacts after grounding out against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 6: Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 of the Atlanta Braves looks on before the first inning against the New York Mets in the first game of a doubleheader at Citi Field on August 6, 2022 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Braves have put themselves in a position to defend their World Series title, but could injuries to key players short-circuit their chances of repeating?

Heading into Sunday’s series finale against the New York Mets at Truist Park, the Atlanta Braves find themselves one game up in the National League East with four games to play. It’s a certainty that the Braves will make the postseason. Now it’s just a matter of whether they will be able to keep the division lead and earn the postseason bye that comes along with it.

Knowing they’re heading to the postseason, the Braves can now focus on optimal roster construction to give them the best chance to return to the Fall Classic. Part of that roster construction, however, depends on how some of their injured players respond to treatment and when they can return.

1) Braves can’t afford injury to Ronald AcuñaOne key piece of the Braves is playing through his injury at the moment, with Ronald Acuña Jr. battling soreness in his surgically repaired right knee on a daily basis. Putting up a .253/.295/.444 slash line since September 1, the dynamic outfielder has said that his knee feels “terrible” but is pushing through the pain to help the Braves have the best chance to repeat as World Series champions.

Atlanta manager Brian Snitker will be keeping an eye on Acuña to make sure he is able to play, but if the Braves were to lose Acuna for a stretch because of his knee, it would be a big blow to the offense.

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