According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Josh Hamilton is back in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Athletics after missing the past three games with right ankle stiffness.
Hamilton told the Los Angeles Times earlier this week that he began feeling symptoms when he woke up on Monday. He was diagnosed with inflammation following X-rays and an MRI and received a cortisone shot to deal with the pain. It has apparently done its job, as he’ll play right field and bat cleanup tonight.
Hamilton is batting just .223/.279/.409 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI through 92 games this season. His .688 OPS is lower than the likes of John Buck and Ben Revere.
The Braves have made it official, announcing that they have called up top prospect Ronald Acuña. He’ll bat sixth in tonight’s game against the Reds and will start in left field.
Acuña will be wearing number 13, no doubt to honor past Braves luminaries like Adonis Garcia, Nate McLouth, Ozzie Guillen, Juan Eichelberger and Jerry Royster, all of whom have worn the fabled 1 and 3. Feel like he stands a pretty good chance of besting their exploits.
The 20-year-old Acuña was 11-for-his-last-33 with a homer, a double, four walks, and three stolen bases at Triple-A Gwinnett following a slow start. He tore it up in spring training, however, and hit .325/.374/.522 with 21 home runs, 82 RBI, 44 stolen bases, and 88 runs scored in 139 games last season across three levels of the Braves’ minor league system.
The future was delayed a bit, but it’s here now for the Atlanta Braves’ phenom.