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Braves Announce Ronald Acuña Jr. Has Been Scratched

Ronald Acuna Jr. batting.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - MARCH 12: Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 of the Atlanta Braves hits a solo home run in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during the Grapefruit League spring training game at Champion Stadium on March 12, 2019 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Braves are looking for a series win over the New York Mets in Queens tonight. They'll have to get it without star Ronald Acuña Jr.

Acuña was scratched from the Braves' lineup moments ago due to lower back tightness. He had been scheduled to hit leadoff and play right field.

Acuña was only 2-for-12 in the first three games of this four-game series with New York, though he did go 2-for-5 with a home run in the second game of Monday's doubleheader.

The Braves won that contest and also last night's meeting. They will look to take three out of four from the first-place Mets tonight.

Acuña has been outstanding this season, slashing .285/.394/.602 with 20 home runs, 16 doubles, 58 runs scored, 45 RBI and 15 steals.

Hopefully, Atlanta is just being cautious with their superstar by sitting him out tonight. It's not only bad for the Braves if Acuña has to miss time, it's a blow for baseball in general as well.