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MLB Weekly Digest July 12th Edition: Atlanta Braves Outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. Out for Season with Torn ACL

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The previous week in MLB was about an outfielder who will undergo season-ending surgery, a catcher who underwent surgery.

A starting pitcher in the National League is placed on the injured list with a forearm injury. A pitcher is dealing with a digestive issue.

Atlanta Braves Outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. Out for Season with Torn ACL

The Atlanta Braves were dealt a crushing blow over the weekend as the team announced that outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. needs to undergo season-ending surgery for a torn right ACL.

Acuna needed to be carted off the field after trying to make a leaping catch against the Miami Marlins.

The immensely talented outfielder is expected to be out for 9-10 months, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.

Acuna was having a phenomenal season before the injury.

He posted a .283 batting average and .990 OPS in 82 games with 19 doubles, one triple, 24 home runs, 52 RBIs, 17 stolen bases, a 156 OPS+, and was leading the National League with 72 runs scored.

The loss of Acuna is significant for the Braves, and hopefully, he has a speedy recovery.

Chicago White Sox Catcher Yasmani Grandal Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery

Chicago White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal underwent successful surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left knee several days ago and is expected to be sidelined about five weeks, per Robert Murray of FanSided.

Grandal was injured in a game last week against the Minnesota Twins on a check swing.

He required help off the field and was in crutches postgame.

Grandal had compiled a .188 batting average and .824 OPS in 63 games with three doubles, 14 home runs, 38 RBIs, and a 129 OPS+.

Though Grandal has a low batting average, he has remained productive at the plate.

The other area he has helped the team is how handles a pitching staff.

The White Sox have dealt with severe injuries to players this MLB season despite being in first place as outfielder Eloy Jimenez has yet to play a game, and their other outfielder Luis Robert has played in 25 games.

The five-week timeline for Grandal to come back would be around the middle of August, so hopefully, the club will still lead the American League Central when he returns.

Los Angeles Dodgers Place Starting Pitcher Clayton Kershaw on Injured List with Forearm Inflammation

The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw on the 10-day injured list with left forearm inflammation, per a team announcement.

Kershaw has had a solid 2021 MLB campaign, as indicated by a 3.39 ERA in 106 1/3 innings pitched (18 starts) with 127 strikeouts, 13 home runs allowed, 19 walks issued, a 0.97 WHIP, 3.00 FIP, and 113 ERA+.

The Dodgers are hopeful Kershaw will return sometime after the All-Star break, and the injury is not a cause for concern.

The Dodgers, who are currently second in the National League West, will need Kershaw healthy to have a chance of winning the division and defend their World Series title once the postseason begins.

San Diego Padres Put Starting Pitcher Blake Snell on Injured List with Digestive Issue

The San Diego Padres have placed starting pitcher Blake Snell on the injured list with gastroenteritis that is retroactive July 6, per a team announcement.

Snell dealing with gastroenteritis is an uncommon injury for a pitcher, considering it is an infection and inflammation in the digestive system.

Snell has struggled in his first year with the Padres as he has posted a 4.99 ERA in 70 1/3 innings pitched (16 starts) with 93 strikeouts, 44 walks surrendered, 10 home runs yielded, a 4.34 FIP, and 1.55 WHIP.

The Padres expect Snell to pitch much better in the second half of the season as he is a better pitcher than the numbers would indicate.

The team also placed pitcher Drew Pomeranz on the injured list with left forearm inflammation retroactively to July 7.

Pomeranz has been stellar for the Padres during the 2021 MLB campaign as he has posted a 1.59 ERA in 17 innings pitched (18 games) with 22 strikeouts, nine walks surrendered, one home run allowed, a 2.94 FIP, and 240 ERA+.

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Chris is a New Jersey native whose favorite sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously attended Western New England College to study Sports Management. Chris has been following the Diamondbacks since he was 12. You can find him on Twitter at @aecanada12.

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