Bad news for people who like fun things. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Mets due to a jammed right wrist.
Simmons apparently jammed the wrist when he stumbled across home plate last night. He took batting practice this afternoon in hopes of playing tonight, so it doesn’t sound like a major concern. Still, the Braves understandably don’t want to take any chances with the defensive wizard.
Ramiro Pena will make the start at shortstop tonight and bat eighth against Jenrry Mejia.
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.