Atlanta Braves outfielder Eddie Rosario prepares for laser procedure to correct blurry vision, team says

Atlanta Braves outfielder Eddie Rosario saw a retina specialist on Monday and will undergo laser surgery in the coming days to correct blurry vision and swelling in his right eye, the team said.

Rosario played in the Braves’ 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday, coming on as a pinched hitter who took over in left field. It went 0 for 2 in the loss. Atlanta was off Monday and opens a home series Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs.

Rosario, like many of his teammates, is off to a slow start at the plate for the defending World Series champions. He’s hitting just .068 with three hits in 44 at bats. He has no RBIs to go with 10 strikeouts.

MVP of last year’s National League Championship Series, Rosario returned to the Braves this season on a two-year, $18 million contract, and with star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. on the injured list for to start the season, a lot was expected of Rosario.

But he’s had just two hits in his last five games, and the embattled Braves will go 7-10 in their series against the Cubs.

Help seems to be on the way, however, in the form of Acuna. Working his way back from a torn right ACL, the star outfielder is on a minor league rehab mission with a target date of May 6 to return to the Braves.

Acuna has been on a tear against Triple-A pitchers, hitting .417 in four games for Gwinnett through Saturday’s action, and it remains to be seen if Rosario’s absence could hasten Acuna’s comeback.

Atlanta’s contract with Rosario includes a team option for the 2024 season. He was acquired from Cleveland before last season’s trading deadline. He hit .271 with 13 extra hits, including seven homers during the regular season, but then took things to another level in the playoffs, hitting .560 with three home runs and nine RBIs in the NLCS alone.

Overall, in 16 playoff games, he hit .383 with seven extra hits to help the Braves win the title. He also had an 11-game hitting streak in the playoffs, tied for third most in Braves playoff history.

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