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Braves superstar helped off field after ankle injury

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Braves superstar Ronald Acuña Jr., who is as hot as anyone in baseball right now, had to be helped off the field Friday night after fouling a ball off of his foot/ankle in the fourth inning.

Acuña was down on the ground in pain for some time before being assisted back to the dugout by manager Brian Snitker and the Braves' athletic trainer.

Acuña has been on a tear since August 30, going 10 for 27 (.370) with six homers, a double, 12 RBI, 13 walks and 16 runs scored. He's also stolen three bases.

He homered and drove in five runs in the Braves' 29-9 win over the Marlins Wednesday. He followed it up with an opposite-field bomb Thursday.

The worst-case scenario of a fracture was avoided as Acuña's X-rays came back negative. He is day-to-day. The Braves face Patrick Corbin and Max Scherzer the next two days so there are certainly worse games to have to sit out.

It appears the Braves dodged a bullet.

The Braves have dealt with injuries all season but it hasn't mattered. 

Freddie Freeman missed time in summer camp with COVID-19. 

Acuña has spent time on the IL, as has Phillie-killer Ozzie Albies. 

Cole Hamels still hasn't pitched for the Braves. 

They lost their top starter, Mike Soroka, to a torn ACL. 

They lost their 2020 ace, Max Fried, to a back injury earlier this week.

And yet still, the Braves entered Friday night 26-19, the third-best record in the National League. They lead the Phillies by 2½ games in the NL East.