So Freddie Freeman is the last man standing in the barren wasteland that was once the Braves starting lineup. The gutting continued with the Andrelton Simmons trade this offseason, though it's fair to say he wasn't of much assistance to Freeman last year, which should make you wonder if this whole narrative is overblown. The Braves' lineup underwent its most radical transformation last season, and Freeman was on pace to have some of his best numbers ever before a wrist injury interfered in June. Even with the bumpy second half, which was also marred by strained oblique, Freeman still projected to have his usual 23 homers if he played his usual 150 games. As sort of a more powerful version of Eric Hosmer, he should be one of the first 10 players drafted at what's shaping up to be an uncharacteristically thin position.
Freeman (wrist) took 30 "dry swings" and hit 25 balls off a tee Thursday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Nice to finally swing a bat with no pain after seven months," he said. Freeman's wrist problems date back to about June of 2015, so you'll want to track his health carefully during the walk-up months to the fresh season. He also has to deal with a mediocre Atlanta supporting cast; the Braves could easily have the worst offense in the National League.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (wrist) is not in the lineup against the Cardinals. Freeman was able to enter the game Friday in the eighth inning and was promptly hit-by-a-pitch. While he stayed in the game, it's tough to imagine Freeman will start Sunday's game as he continues to deal with a variety of injuries, including most notably a chipped bone in his wrist.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (wrist) is not in the lineup Friday against the Mets. Freeman was able to record a pinch-hit appearance Thursday, however he hasn't been able to find his way into the starting lineup since Wednesday and with just one more game to go, it's likely that trend will continue Saturday as well.
A nagging wrist issue has Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman sidelined Thursday against visiting Washington. Considering Freeman is dealing with a small bone spur in his wrist, this isn't a surprising development. With the Braves well out of the playoff contention, it's fair to question if Freeman will return to the starting lineup this season. Nick Swisher will get the start at first base once again and hit third in the batting order.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 3 for 4 with a homer, a walk, two RBI and three runs in Friday's loss to Miami. After struggling to stay in the lineup for stretches this season, Freeman is turning up the heat during fantasy crunch time. He has driven in 14 runs in his past 15 games, batting .280 with a .403 OBP. He ranks among the top six first basemen in the league in doubles, RBI and walks for the month of September.
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