“Please no can I donate my ligaments” - Fans upset as Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. exits game after sustaining injury against Pirates

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Pittsburgh Pirates
Ronald Acuna Jr. exits Sunday's game after sustaining a knee injury

Atlanta Braves star RF Ronald Acuna Jr. gave a major scare to the organization and its fans after leaving their series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Acuna Jr. left the game in the first inning after making an attempt to steal third but injuring himself in the process as he immediately went down without any contact.

The Braves unit described his exit from the game due to left soreness, and a complete MRI on his knee will only be possible Sunday night when the team comes back to Atlanta. Ronald Acuna Jr. will meet a team of doctors to run further tests on his knee so that the organization can make an effective diagnosis of their star's injury.

Braves fans immediately voiced concern at the sight of their ace slugger going down in the first inning and leaving the game on Sunday. Fans took to X, formerly Twitter, and commented, hoping it wasn't too serious, with one even going to the extent of offering to donate his own ligaments for Ronald Acuna Jr.

"Please no can I donate my ligaments," one fan commented.
"Hopefully it’s not serious," another fan commented.
"Poor guy, hopefully nothing serious," yet another fan commented.

Other Braves fans voiced their prayers, hoping for their star's speedy recovery.

"Ah man, you hate to see this. Hope he recovers well," one fan commented.
"Why man just why… hope hes alright and has a speedy recovery," another fan commented.
"Hate to see this. Non contact injuries are always a huge concern and hoping acuna is okay," yet another fan commented.

Ronald Acuna Jr. is no stranger to knee injuries

Ronald Acuna Jr.'s initial input on his early exit due to left knee soreness was reminiscent of the time he spent on IL in 2018 due to spraining his left knee ACL in a routine play at Fenway Park. He said via his interpreter per MLB.com:

"I think I’m going to miss the same amount of time [as I did in 2018]. They put me on the 10-day [injured list]. We’re going to do the MRI tonight and see the results."

Aside from that injury in 2018, he also tore his ACL in the right knee just before the All-Star break in 2021. That injury forced him to miss the entire second half with the Braves, along with the postseason and Atlanta's World Series triumph.

While Acuna Jr. is confident of not tearing his ACL on Sunday, the entire Braves unit and fans will be hopeful of the same and patiently wait for a conclusive diagnosis of his left knee in the coming days.

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