Chipper Jones homered in his return from knee surgery Tuesday and then notched two hits Wednesday, but now the Braves third baseman is a late scratch from today’s lineup.
David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Jones was removed from the lineup “due to swelling/fluid in his left knee.”
It’s a shame that Jones’ knee is letting him down in the future Hall of Famer’s final season, because he can still hit at age 40 and has yet to post an OPS below .800 in 18 seasons.
For now the Braves are saying Jones will get his knee drained and might be back in the lineup as soon as tomorrow.
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman confirms a report from Daniel Álvarez Montes of EVTV Miami that the Braves are calling up outfield prospect Ronald Acuña from Triple-A Gwinnett.
The move is obviously much anticipated and expected, as Acuña is considered the top prospect in baseball among those who hadn’t been called up to the majors yet. Acuña has had a slow start with Gwinnett, as he’s batting only .215/.301/.277 in 73 plate appearances. However, he has turned things around somewhat in recent days, batting .379 with a double and a homer since April 17.
Acuña should be in Wednesday’s starting lineup against the Reds and he should be a lineup regular going forward. The expectations are high for Acuña, who signed with the Braves as an international free agent in July 2014.