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Ronald Acuña taken out of game after being hit by 97 mph pitch

The leading National League MVP candidate, Ronald Acuña, had to leave Tuesday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after getting hit on the elbow by a 97mph pitch by reliever Colin Holderman.

The Braves and the Pirates are playing the second game of their 4-meeting series in Pittsburgh. The Pirates won Monday's game 6-7.

Acuña hit by pitch in 6th inning

The Braves outfielder was facing Pirates reliever Colin Holderman who had entered the game to face him at the top of the 6th inning and with one out on the board.

Acuña was hit on Holdman's third pitch of the game when the ball struck his left elbow guard and bounced off his left hip.

The slugger immediately showed he was in pain and tossed his bat out of frustration.

Acuña tried to walk it off but after talking with team medical personnel, the player went into the clubhouse to get a better evaluation.

Shortly after the scary incident for Braves fans the team confirmed that the outfielder had undergone an x-ray which came back negative.

The Braves ended up winning the game 8-6 after scoring 3 runs in the 9th inning, taking their record to 71-40. The team still has a comfortable 10 game lead in the NL East.

Acuña's impressive 2023 campaign

The 25-year-old had already hit a lead-off homer against the Pirates before exiting the game, putting his impressive season tally at 26. Acuña is the current stolen bases leader with 53.

The Venezuelan is on pace to hit 36 home runs and have 77 stolen bases at the end of the 2023 regular season.

The star player currently has a .339 batting average.

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