NLCS MVP To Miss Months Due To Vision Problems

One thing that certain about the game of baseball: If you can't see the ball properly, you sure as heck can't hit it. Atlanta Braves outfielder Eddie Rosario has been having blurred vision and swelling in his right eye, and will be undergoing a laser surgery treatment that will keep him out anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks. 

This news certainly explains the worst April of Rosario's career; he's hitting just .068 (3-for-44) with no home runs and no RBIs, and a .254 OPS. He also has a many errors (3) as hits. The capper might have come when he simply missed a fly ball in right field. 

Rosario came to the Braves at last year's trade deadline, and proceeded to be a key cog in their run to the World Series, including his .560 average and 9 RBIs in the NLCS, winning that series' MVP. 

The two-to-three-month loss of Rosario will hurt. This only increases the urgency for outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. to re-join the team; he's currently on a minor league rehab assignment, recovered from his ACL tear last July. Acuna is hitting .357 in five minor league games, and is scheduled to play 7 innings in the outfield for Gwinnett in Triple-A Wednesday night, and then bump that up to 9 innings on Thursday. The Braves had originally penciled in May 6th as a target date, but one has to wonder if that timeline will be pushed up just a bit now. 

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