Atlanta Braves outfielder Eddie Rosario saw a retinal specialist on Monday and will undergo a laser procedure in the coming days to correct blurred vision and swelling in his right eye, the team announced.
Rosario played in the Braves’ 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday, appearing as a pinch hitter taking over in the left field. He went 0-to-2 in the loss. Atlanta had free Monday and opens a home series Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs.
Rosario, like many of his teammates, has a slow start on the record for the defending World Series champions. He hits just 0.068 with three hits in 44 strokes. He has no RBIs to go with 10 strikeouts.
MVP for last year’s National League Championship Series, Rosario returned to the Braves this season on a $ 18 million two-year contract, and with star player Ronald Acuna Jr. on the injury list to start the season, a lot was expected of Rosario.
But he has only two hits in his last five games and the Warring Braves will take a record of 7-10 in their series vs. Cubs.
Help, however, seems to be on the way, in the form of Acuna. The star player is working his way back from a torn right ACL and is on a minor league rehabilitation task with a goal date of May 6 to return to the Braves.
Acuna has been on a tear against Triple-A pitchers and has hit 0.417 in four games for Gwinnett through Saturday’s action, and it remains to be seen if Rosario’s absence can speed up Acuna’s return.
Atlanta’s contract with Rosario includes a team option for the 2024 season. He was acquired from Cleveland before last season’s trade deadline. He hit .271 with 13 extra-base hits, including seven homeruns in the regular season, but then took things to another level in the off-season, hitting .560 with three homeruns and nine RBIs in the NLCS alone.
Overall, he hit .383 in 16 playoff games with seven extra-base hits to help the Braves win the title. He also had an 11-game streak in the postseason that was the third longest in Braves playoff history.