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Acuña scratched from Braves' lineup with stiff back

Wed Jun 23 6:38pm ET

Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acua Jr. watches his fifth-inning, solo home run off New York Mets relief pitcher Miguel Castro (50) in the second baseball game of a doubleheader, Monday, June 21, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Atlanta Braves Ronald Acua Jr. reacts while crossing the plate after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the New York Mets, Monday, June 21, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Atlanta Braves right fielder Ronald Acua Jr. (13) celebrates with left fielder Guillermo Heredia, center, and center fielder Ender Inciarte after their victory over the New York Mets in the second baseball game of a doubleheader, Monday, June 21, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Atlanta Braves on-deck batter Freddie Freeman (5) greets teammate Ronald Acua Jr. (13) after Acua Jr. hit a solo home run during the fifth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the New York Mets, Monday, June 21, 2021, in New York. Mets catcher James McCann, center, looks on. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acua Jr. points skyward as he crosses the plate after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the New York Mets, Monday, June 21, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


NEW YORK (AP) Ronald Acuna Jr. was scratched from the Atlanta Braves' lineup Wednesday night against the New York Mets because of lower back tightness.

The 23-year-old star was removed not long before batting practice at Citi Field.

''Came in today, his back was stiff. So they're going to work on him and be kind of a day-to-day thing,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''I think just probably the wear and tear. You know, sometimes I think we get in these different hotels and things like that and the beds are different, but it was just enough that they don't want him to play today. So, like I say, they're working on him right now. We'll see how he is tomorrow.''

Acuna was replaced in right field by Ehire Adrianza. Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson moved up from sixth to bat in Acuna's leadoff spot.

Acuna ranks among the major league leaders in several key offensive categories. He began the day hitting .285 with 20 home runs, 45 RBIs and a .996 OPS. The 2018 NL Rookie of the Year was leading the league in runs (58) and was tied for first in stolen bases (15).

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