The Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman will be eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Monday 4/22 and all signs are pointing to that day in Colorado that we will see Freeman back in the lineup.
Freddie initially strained his right oblique the Sunday right before the season started in a workout and had been playing through the pain but it wasn’t until the Saturday night game against the Chicago Cubs that GM Frank Wren saw all he needed to see. The next morning Wren decided to place Freeman on the DL so the injury would heel instead of lingering throughout the season. Freddie didn’t enjoy the news as he was extremely upset when he found out where he would be spending his next two weeks at. He said he believed he could play through the pain and he doesn’t understand why the Braves placed him on the disabled list.
Even with him on the DL, Atlanta continued their hot start winning their next eight games after he left the lineup. But it’s becoming evident that we need our #4 hitter back and Wednesday lost was a great example. Freeman started off the season on a tear hitting .412 with seven RBI’s in only five games and we need that player back in the lineup.
Evan Gattis has man-handled the 4 hole in the lineup for most of the time Freeman has been away but has gone 2-19 in the last two series. Being able to go lefty righty again will also be beneficial and hopefully take some pressure off Gattis.
Freeman has to pass a few test on Thursday to show he’s ready to get back on the field. Given all goes well there, he will play three games with the Gwinnett Braves…Friday and Saturday in Charlotte and Sunday in Gwinnett. Freddie got on twitter Wednesday night proclaiming his excitement about his return.
Working out with the boys in Gwinnett tmrw. Then heading to Charlotte, NC to start rehab games! Shooting for Monday return in Colorado!