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Acuna's season cut short
12/26/2016 7:48 PM ET
Ronald Acuna (Melbourne Aces). Photo - Wendy van den Akker SMP Images
Ronald Acuna (Melbourne Aces). Photo - Wendy van den Akker SMP Images (WENDY VAN DEN AKKER)

It's with great sadness that today we are announcing that Ronald Acuna's season in the Australian Baseball League season has been cut short.

Dubbed 'The Answer to Everything", Acuna has been a human highlight reel this season and is required to return home to his native Venezuela to work through the passport renewal process, a requirement for him to be able to play baseball in the United States during the 2017 season and beyond. 

After Acuna's trip back to work through his passport renewal, he unfortunately will not be returning to Melbourne for the remainder of this season's ABL.

Acuna has paced the league in multiple offensive categories this season and while his departure puts a dent in Jon Deeble's second half plans, it's not all doom and gloom for the Melbourne Aces as they head to Sydney to take on the Blue Sox in their New Years series with some big name ins.

Our travelling roster to take on the Blue Sox reads:

OUT: Ronald Acuna, Keisuke Honda, Shogo Noda, Mitch Kennedy, Shane Lindsay, Luke Abels, Nicholas Rossell

IN: Jeremy Guthrie, Peter Moylan, Sam Street, Darryl George, Brad Harman, Wigberto Nevarez

FULL ROSTER vs Sydney Blue Sox

Rotation
Game 1: Mark Hamburger
Game 2: Jeremy Guthrie
Game 3: Dushan Ruzic
Game 4: Jon Kennedy

Bullpen
Peter Moylan
Virgil Vasquez
Brandon Stenhouse
Matt Wilson
Jeremy Young
Sam Street
Josh Tols

Catchers
Alan de San Miguel
Liam Bedford
Wigberto Nevarez

Infielders
Ryan Dale
Jarryd Dale
Brad Harman
Mike Walker
Darryl George

Outfielders
Roman Collins
Cody Jones
Jared Cruz

Game 1 (BISP): Thursday 29 December, 7.30PM 
Game 2 (BISP): Friday 30 December, 7.30PM 
Game 3 (BISP): Saturday 31 December, 6.30PM 
Game 4 (BISP): Sunday 1 January, 1.00PM 

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.