By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA (AP) — He’s back! Outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. returns to the Atlanta Braves nearly 10 months after a major knee injury ended his 2021 season. The Braves has intended to wait another week before activating one of the game’s most dynamic players. But Acuña’s strong play during a rehab stint at Triple-a Gwinnett moved up the timeline. The Braves are hoping he can boost a team that has started out 8-11, falling 5 1/2 games behind the New York Mets in the NL East. Acuña is batting leadoff and starting in right field in his return to the lineup against the Cubs.