Braves manager Brian Snitker said the Braves are taking it “day by day”. Acuña said he will do what the team decides.
“If you ask me, I think it will take a few days just because I can’t put pressure on my foot,” Acuña said. “If I could put more pressure on my foot, I would just play through the pain. But right now, with the pain in my foot, I don’t want to put any pressure on it.”
Is the fact that Acuña can’t put pressure on his foot worrying?
“Not if it ain’t broke,” Snitker said.
Acuña said he was not given an official medical term for the diagnosis. He said he requested the scooter because he couldn’t put pressure on his foot.
After Acuña threw a ball off his foot in Saturday’s game, he continued to play. He struckout in the sixth and played rightfield until the top of the ninth, when Guillermo Heredia replaced him.
“As the game progressed, it eventually got to the point where I couldn’t take it anymore,” said Acuña.
This season, 24-year-old Acuña hits .281 with a .828 OPS. He has hit seven home runs and has racked up 18 runs. As the lead-off hitter for the Braves – and one of the sport’s top players – he is crucial to the club’s success, even if it won a World Series without him last season.
Now Acuña, who received treatment on his foot on Sunday, will wait for it to heal enough to be able to play again. No one seems to know when that might be.
“It’s a feeling that reminds me a bit of last year, just the frustration of not wanting to do anything related to rehab or drug addiction or whatever,” Acuña said. “I just want to play every day, so the frustration is that I can’t play every day.”
Tyler Matzek ready to start rehab
Tyler Matzek said he will be heading to Augusta on Monday to begin a drug addiction treatment when Low-A Augusta begins a home series on Tuesday.
Matzek pitched a live batting practice session on Saturday — the first of his rehab process. He has been out since May with a left shoulder impingement.
He needed this time.
“I only think about my long-term health. I would never last with the impingement and shoulder bruises, inflammation that I have,” Matzek said on Sunday. “It was either a catastrophic blowout or just ineffective pitching. Now that we have that under control we can go out and be effective on the mound like I was (Saturday) in my live BP.
Matzek’s back flared up at the start of spring training. He threw through it, but it could have hurt him. In May, he developed a shoulder infection, which put the Braves on the injured list.
Matzek said he believes he’s going to Augusta — and not, say, Triple-A Gwinnett — because Eddie Rosario is already at Gwinnett and the Braves may not have wanted to bomb the athletic training staff there.
In the absence of Matzek, the bullpen has still performed well.
“Those guys have been absolutely fantastic,” said Matzek. “It’s been incredible. And the starters have done a great job helping those guys. I really believe that when a rookie staff is really good, it makes the bullpen really good. They don’t get overexposed, they don’t get overused; you can come in and do your job.”
Matzek should be back soon if all goes well. Reliever Kirby Yates could return around early August. Mike Soroka could be back soon after the All-Star break.
The Braves have thrown well this season and their staff could get even better over the next two months.
“We have plenty of options,” said Matzek. “I think it’s a good ‘problem’ to have, with so many guys, so many weapons available. We play a long season and you never know what will happen.”
Eddie Rosario continues drug addiction
Rosario was Gwinnett’s leadoff hitter again on Sunday. But this time he was also in left field.
As designated batter on Saturday, Rosario was 1-for-4 in the first game of his rehab assignment.
On Sunday-evening, Rosario was 2-for-6 with two RBI’s, but the Stripers lost 9-8 to Nashville in 11 innings.
The Braves have not provided a timetable for his return. We only have this: Position players can be on rehab for up to 20 days.