Ronald Acuna Jr. avoids serious ankle injury
Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) reacts after being injured after grounding out against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. avoids serious ankle injury in loss to Blue Jays

The Atlanta Braves had a rather lousy Thursday that could've turned disastrous. 

Atlanta was swept by the Toronto Blue Jays and lost star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. for the afternoon in the bottom of the seventh inning when he appeared to injure his ankle on first base as he attempted to beat out a ground ball: 

The 23-year-old received attention while lying on the field for several minutes before he walked into the clubhouse on his own power: 

Per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN), Braves manager Brian Snitker confirmed after the defeat that X-rays on Acuna's ankle were negative and that the two-time Silver Slugger is considered day-to-day heading into Friday's game at the Milwaukee Brewers. 

"Those are scary moments for players, especially when they've got the torque and force he's running with," Snitker explained. 

Acuna hit his MLB-leading 12th home run of the season in the bottom of the first of Thursday's outing. Outfielder Ender Inciarte, who hasn't played since mid-April because of a left hamstring strain, is coming off the injured list. 

This latest loss dropped the Braves to 17-20 on the season. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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