Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. hit on hand by pitch, leaves game

Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. hit on hand by pitch, leaves game

Atlanta Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. had to leave Saturday’s game against visiting Philadelphia in the seventh inning after being hit by a pitch on his left hand by Phillies reliever Sam Coonrod.

Acuna, who is tied for the major league lead with 10 home runs, leads the National League with 29 runs scored and is among the NL leaders in RBIs (22) and batting average (.313). He was 0-for-3 before he left the game.

Josh Tomlin served as the pinch runner for Acuna, who won Rookie of the Year in 2018 and was in the top five in Most Valuable Player voting in 2019. Ehire Adrianza, who pinch hit in the bottom of the seventh, stayed in the game to play right field.

Coonrod’s 98 mph pitch appeared to hit Acuna’s left ring finger, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The previous pitch was also inside, and Acuna threw his helmet down and walked to the dugout.

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