Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. and UFC fighter Conor McGregor are rehabbing together in Los Angeles.
The Atlanta Braves‘ chances of winning are always greater when star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. is in the lineup. However, the Braves will now have to go the remainder of the season without Acuña after he tore his ACL during a game against the Miami Marlins just before the All-Star break. Now, Acuna is on the road to recovery, alongside a huge star in his own right. Guillermo Arcay of Meridiano TV posted a photo on Twitter showing Acuña alongside UFC fighter Conor McGregor in Los Angeles rehabilitating their respective injuries.
Braves: Ronald Acuña Jr. rehabbing alongside UFC star Conor McGregor
McGregor, like Acuña, suffered a devastating injury on the very same weekend. During his rematch against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264, McGregor broke his tibia and fibula in the first round, resulting in him losing via technical knockout.
While there is no official timetable for McGregor’s return, Dr. Rand McClain recently spoke with FanSided MMA and discussed when he would clear the fighter if he were treating him.
“Looking at him as an exceptional athlete, I would be more likely to give him the okay to get back in the ring sooner than your average person,” McClain said. “He’s young, he would likely heal. I would probably say he can resume training as long as he’s not jumping up and down, he can start hitting the bag as early as three weeks. And then bicycle work, continuous bag work, and ring work at six weeks, and then again if everything’s going well, he would have full clearance. Most likely by 12 weeks to do everything else he feels like doing.”
Acuña suffered his knee injury when attempting to catch a fly ball hit by Marlins rookie Jazz Chisholm Jr. Acuña attempted to walk off the field, but sat down on the field to wait for a cart to drive him to the dugout. After undergoing testing, it was determined that Atlanta’s star outfielder is done for the season with a torn ACL. It is possible that Acuña could miss the start of the 2022 season due to him being sidelined between 9-to-10 months.
While Acuña’s injury is massive, the team tried their best to fill the void in the outfield by acquiring Joc Pederson from the Chicago Cubs. It remains to be seen what other moves, if any, the Braves will make as the trade deadline approaches this Friday.