No, the Tennessee Volunteers didn’t go 7-6 and win a bowl game, but I would expect the Nashville contingent of Braves Country to be ecstatic on the finest of Tuesday mornings. That’s right. Ronald Acuña Jr. is not expected to miss any time with his knee injury. The Atlanta Braves’ superstar outfielder flew to Los Angeles to see Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who said it was merely meniscus irritation.

This is beyond fantastic news for not only the reigning NL MVP, but for one of the best teams in baseball. Atlanta won more games during the regular season than anyone last year, but managed to get just one victory that really mattered in October. You could cite running out of gas, not having enough horses in the rotation or being the victim of first-round rest if you want. Things must change.

Baseball is better when you're playing" - Braves fans rally behind Ronald  Acuna Jr. after slugger shares optimistic message following injury

The good news for Braves Country is Acuña is just now hitting his stride as an all-world performer in right field for Atlanta. Eventually, his legs will go, but as long as he handles the bat well at the plate and continues to grow and mature as a person, Atlanta will have its next generational superstar under contract for years to come. There is no need to rush him back, as baseball is a marathon, not a sprint.

Here is the incredible news the Braves official social media account fired out on X Tuesday morning.

Ronald Acuña Jr. injury update has Braves fans doing cartwheels in the  streets

It doesn’t force either Ozzie Albies or Michael Harris II into the pressure-packed role of hitting leadoff. It also gives guys like Matt Olson, Austin Riley and Sean Murphy a little bit more protection in the heart of the order. When Acuña is wreaking havoc on base, it forces the starting pitcher to be more careful with locating his offerings. This means the middle of the order gets more good pitches to hit.

MLB world reacts to big Ronald Acuña Jr. injury update

Ultimately, Braves Country still needs Acuña to play the bulk of the 162 games on the schedule. If he needs an occasional off-day, that is not the end of the world. While there shouldn’t be any pressure to play between now and the start of the season, Acuña’s knees are something to constantly monitor. Right now, his knees are the only thing that can slow down this generation’s version of Mickey Mantle.

We still have the whole season ahead of us, but having Acuña not down the for the count is massive.