Freese could start Wednesday against starter James Paxton, against whom he's batting .294 (5-for-17) with a double and two home runs. He only has five hits in his last 36 at-bats but is still slashing .279/.358/.449 in 158 at-bats. Freese will become a free agent following the season, so there's a small chance he could be on the move if the Pirates become sellers at the trade deadline.
Freese is not in Friday's lineup against Philadelphia. Freese has started the past four games for the Pirates, but will be getting the day off Friday. John Jaso will get the start at first while Jung Ho Kang mans the hot corner as the team faces Zach Eflin and the Phillies.
Freese is not in the lineup Saturday against the Nats, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports. Freese got the nod at first base Friday, but he'll surrender the position back to John Jaso on Saturday. However, with Jaso struggling and Josh Bell being sent back to Triple-A on Saturday, Freese could be set for increased playing time in the infield.
Freese went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk in Friday's 8-4 victory over the Cubs. Freese took Jake Arrieta deep in the second inning for his 10th homer of the season, and his now slashing .300/.378/.486 following Friday's multi-hit effort. He now has a nine-game hitting streak, and has hit safely in 11 of the last 12 games overall.
Freese extended his batting streak to seven games Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a double and RBI against the Cardinals. He's hitting .385 in his last 28 plate appearances and continues to exceed preseason expectations. Freese could also be in line for additional playing time if Jung-Ho Kang is forced to miss time due to legal problems. Freese is slashing .296/.369/.463 with eight homers and 36 RBI in 268 PA.