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The Daily Chop: Acuna leaves game early, Hamels and Fried expected to join rotation soon

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It was quite the rollercoaster on Friday evening for Braves fans.

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Friday night was a whirlwind of emotions for Braves fans. For those that missed out on the game, Josh Tomlin struggled in yet another start but the Braves rallied thanks to a huge game yet again from Marcell Ozuna. Unfortunately, too many squandered chances caught up with the team as they fell to the Nationals in 12 innings.

However, the more pressing news was the health of Ronald Acuna Jr. Fans everywhere died a bit inside as Ronnie fouled a ball off his ankle and had to be helped off the field in the fourth inning. Very fortunately for the Braves, it appears that he just hit a nerve as he was able to walk and jump on it once he got back to the clubhouse and X-rays were negative. Snitker even said it was possible that he would play Saturday depending on how he is feeling.

It was also announced Friday that the Braves will have some help coming, at least in theory, for their much beleaguered rotation. By all accounts, it sounds like Max Fried will get a start on a few days extra rest next week and Cole Hamels, who has been sidelined with tendinitis the entire season, could make his season debut as early as Wednesday.

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