Ronald Acuna Jr., outfielder for the minor leagues, continues to be a star and barrels towards a May 6 return date for the Atlanta Braves

ATLANTA Ronald Acuna Jr. as if he was motivated to rush his minor league rehab assignment Atlanta BravesMay 6, is the target date to be taken off the injured lists.

Acuna (24), who is attempting to recover from a torn ACL right, stole his second base while having two hits with Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. His performance was noticed by Brian Snitker, the Braves manager.

“I think he might've been a bit more active than you thought,” Snitker stated with a smile, just before Atlanta's 9-7 defeat to the Miami Marlins. “(But) these are excellent indicators that he's exactly where he needs be.”

The Braves' star outfielder, Alex Rodriguez, kept the pace going on Saturday. Acuna was 2-for-3, with a run scored and an RBI. He also took three walks. Acuna now has a record of 5-for-12 with the Stripers.

Atlanta is a little inconsistent as it adjusts to some roster changes. Acuna could be used these days. The World Series champions are only 7-9 and 4-5 at home. They will have a minus-13 run differential going into Sunday's game against the Marlins.

On Saturday, pinch-hitter Garrett CooperAtlanta lost 7-6 after's base-loaded, go-ahead hit in the seventh drove in two runs. Trailing 7-6 after the seventh, the Marlins rallied and scored three runs against Braves rookies. Spencer Strider(0-1), gave up two hits, two walks and one out without recording an earned run. Six runs were scored by the Braves' bullpen.

Miami's Nightclub was open later in the night. Jorge SolerBefore he scored a run in the sixth inning, Soler received his Braves World Series Ring. Soler is just one of the Braves who are not on the title team. Freddie Freeman, whose first base is for the Los Angeles DodgersAcuna may be able assist the club in restoring order.

Acuna, a two-time All-Star, was playing like a contender for MVP last season when he injured his right knee at Marlins park on July 10. He was hitting.283 in 24 homers, with a.990 OPS in the 82 games. Acuna was left as a spectator during Atlanta's World Series title win.

Acuna was originally assigned to the minors. Snitker, anticipating Acuna's return to the majors said Acuna “will be an aid for this club,” and that he has certainly been one for the affiliates.

This report was compiled by the Associated Press.

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