ATLANTA — Ronald Acuña Jr. was excited that the Atlanta Braves appeared to be at full strength as they attempt to win a fifth straight division title.
Not so fast.
Second baseman Ozzie Albies, one of Acuña's close friends on the team, broke the pinky finger on his right hand and will miss at least the rest of the regular season.
"Obviously it's great that we got the win — that's the most important thing — but it's really sad that Ozzie hurt himself again," Acuña said via a translator. "We need him. Like I said, it's really sad."
Acuña homered and drove in four runs off Aaron Nola and flashed some fancy defense in right field Saturday night, lifting the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
The victory was dampened because of the injury to Albies, who was hurt sliding head-first safely into second base in the fourth inning.