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Injuries & Moves: Acuña penciled in for rehab assignment in Triple-A

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Keep track of the Braves’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

10-day and 15-day injured lists

RF Ronald Acuña Jr. (torn ACL)
Expected return: First week of May
Acuña seemingly has made a full recovery from the torn right ACL he suffered July 10. He has seen extended spring training action at North Port, Fla., and will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on April 19, weather permitting and barring any setbacks before then, Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “I’m sure he’s excited to play real games under lights,” Snitker said. “It’s winding down to where we can get him back. That will be a boost for this club.”

The Braves toyed with using Acuña solely as a designated hitter during the final week of April, but they opted to give him a bit more time. When he’s back — possibly May 6, when the Braves begin an eight-game homestand — Acuña will be used as both a right fielder and designated hitter. — Shaun O’Neill (Last updated: April 17)

RHP Luke Jackson (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return:
2023
Jackson underwent Tommy John surgery on April 13. He felt discomfort during Spring Training and an MRI showed a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The right-handed reliever will miss the rest of this season. — Mark Bowman (Last updated: April 13)

RHP Kirby Yates (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: After the All-Star break
The Braves signed Yates to a two-year, $8.25 million deal knowing he would likely miss this season’s first half while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Yates will continue to recover over the next couple months, and then he will possibly return in late July or August. — Mark Bowman (Last updated: April 9)

RHP Mike Soroka (torn right Achilles)
Expected return: Possibly July
Soroka has arrived at Spring Training with the intent of proving he can indeed return after tearing his right Achilles tendon for the second time. He suffered the original tear on Aug. 3, 2020, and the second while simply walking into the Braves’ clubhouse at Truist Park on June 24, 2021. The right-hander is expected to miss at least the first three months of the upcoming season.

“I know he’s excited about getting back down here and starting this thing again,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He looks good and he feels good.” — Mark Bowman (Last updated: March 13)

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