This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
The only thing that appears capable of slowing Acuna's red-hot start to the year is an injury. The Braves outfielder suffered an abdominal injury over the weekend that, after further evaluation, was ultimately diagnosed as a mild strain. The abdominal muscles comprise four groups of muscles, including the obliques, rectus abdominis and transversus abdominis. These groups are layered with the fibers of the varying muscles oriented in a way to maximize function and strength. Injuries to the lower abdominal muscles have gained notoriety as the terms core muscle injury or sports hernia have become more commonplace in the fantasy lexicon. Fortunately, it sounds like Acuna's injury occurred higher up and will not require surgery. The team is currently listing him as day-to-day for their upcoming series with the New York Yankees. Although he could be utilized as a designated hitter while the team plays in Yankee Stadium, a one- to two-game absence should be expected. The Braves will not risk Acuna's long-term health and won't put him on the field if he is at high risk for aggravation or reinjury.
Shoulder injuries are commonplace among MLB pitchers. While the majority of these ailments tend to involve the muscles of the rotator cuff or the labrum of the glenohumeral joint, there are other areas that can be equally vulnerable to injury. Both Lynn and Cueto were sent to the injured list after sustaining injuries to these less known areas.
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