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AP photo by Lynne Sladky / Atlanta Braves right fielder Ronald Acuña Jr. sits on the field after injuring his right knee while trying to make a catch during the fifth inning of Saturday's game against the host Miami Marlins.

MIAMI — Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. will undergo season-ending surgery after sustaining a complete tear of the ACL in his right knee during his team's 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday.

An MRI showed the severity of the injury, and the Braves made the announcement shortly before midnight, finishing the year for one of the most dynamic players in Major League Baseball.

Hours earlier, the 23-year-old right fielder had tears in his eyes as he was carted off the field at Marlins Park.

Acuña landed awkwardly on his right leg after jumping on the warning track trying to catch a drive from Jazz Chisholm Jr. in the fifth inning. He slammed into the outfield wall and crumbled on the warning track, immediately grabbing his right knee while Chisholm sprinted for an inside-the-park homer.

Acuña tried to walk off but dropped back to the ground in shallow right. A trainer tended to him while a cart was retrieved, and concerned teammates gathered quietly around him.

Tears welled in his eyes as he waited. When the cart pulled around to the nearby warning track, he had to be helped over and did not put any weight on his right leg.

"He's in a lot of pain, I can tell you that. It's a tough break for the team and for him," Braves manager Brian Snitker said after the game but before the extent of the injury had been revealed.

Acuña had been slated to start in the outfield for the National League in Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game, his third appearance. He is hitting .283 with 24 home runs and 52 RBIs for the three-time reigning NL East Division champions, who are four games behind the first-place New York Mets and at 44-44 have a chance to head into the break over .500 for the first time this season if they win Sunday's series finale against the Marlins.

Braves pitcher Max Fried gave up three straight hits after seeing Acuña get hurt.

"You never like to see one of your teammates come up injured after trying to make a great play," Fried said. "It's obviously very unfortunate, but you have to stay with the task at hand and finish the game."

Chisholm at first thought Acuña was going to make the catch and didn't realize the severity of the injury until after he crossed home plate.

"A guy like that, him getting injured, the baseball world is going to miss him if he's out for a long time," Chisholm said right after the game. "Hopefully he gets better."

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