Ronald Acuña placed on the DL with a mild ACL sprain

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Braves rookie outfielder Ronald Acuña left yesterday’s game against the Red Sox after taking an ugly tumble after crossing first base. At the time he was listed as having “knee and back pain” pending further evaluation. That evaluation is now in.

The Braves announced a little bit ago that Acuña has a mild ACL sprain in his left knee and a left knee contusion. The exam also showed a lower back contusion. He will be placed on the disabled list and reevaluated at the end of the 10-day period.

That seems to be pretty decent news for Acuña and the Braves. Players who have taken headers at first base like that in the past — I’m thinking Bryce Harper and Kevin Kiermaier — have missed far more time.

Acuña is hitting .265/.326/.453 with five home runs, 13 RBI, and 19 runs scored in his first 129 big league plate appearances. Losing him will not be great for Atlanta, but losing him for a relatively short period will be manageable.

Blue Jays hire Don Mattingly as bench coach

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TORONTO — Don Mattingly is joining the Toronto Blue Jays as bench coach to manager John Schneider, the team announced.

The former New York Yankees slugger, a six-time All-Star, joins the Blue Jays after seven seasons as manager of the Florida Marlins, where he won NL Manager of the Year honors in 2020.

Mattingly previously spent five seasons as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning three division titles in that span. He also worked as hitting coach and bench coach for the Yankees, and as hitting coach of the Dodgers before his managerial stint in Los Angeles.

In Toronto, Mattingly replaces Casey Candaele, who was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo to serve as Schneider’s bench coach after the Jays fired manager Charlie Montoyo in July, replacing him with Schneider. The Blue Jays said Candaele will resume his job as manager of the Triple-A Bisons in 2023.

Mattingly spent his entire 14-year playing career with the Yankees, winning nine Gold Glove awards at first base, three Silver Slugger awards, the 1984 AL batting title and the 1985 AL MVP award.