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Ronald Acuña Jr. expected to return Friday

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Ozzie Albies still likely a week away.

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The Atlanta Braves received some good news on the injury front Wednesday. Ronald Acuña Jr. was out of the lineup again for Wednesday’s series finale in Boston but is expected to return for Friday’s doubleheader at home against the Nationals.

MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports that Acuña’s hamstring tested ok on Tuesday but that the team elected to play it safe and give him a few extra days of rest.

Ozzie Albies also continues to progress in his return from a bone contusion in his right wrist. Albies has been sidelined since August 5 and still hasn’t been cleared to take live BP. The hope is that he will begin taking live BP at the alternate site at Gwinnett in the next couple of days and might be a week away from returning.

Doubleheader pitching plans

Also per Bowman, The Braves are planning to start Josh Tomlin and Tommy Milone in Friday’s doubleheader. The plan also is to try and limit Tomlin to two turns through the Nationals lineup.

Tomlin allowed six hits and two runs in 11 1/3 innings in eight appearances as a reliever while allowing no home runs. He has allowed 17 hits and nine runs, including four homers, over 11 1/3 innings as a starter.