Freeman had stitches removed from his back Saturday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Freeman had undergone a procedure 11 days ago to remove a mole from an area just below his neck. The stitches, Freeman said, were not a factor in a recent slump that saw him go 2-for-27 with 15 strikeouts in the seven games since the All-Star break.
Freeman went 0-for-4 Thursday night with two strikeouts. The 0-for-4 performance adds to a rough last seven games for Freeman, who has gone 2-for-27 with 15 strikeouts in that span. The 26-year-old is hitting .270/.356/.496 on the year, but until his struggles end, it might be better to keep him on the bench.
Freeman had a mole removed from his back over the All-Star break that contained cancerous cells, but the doctors got it in time, and he hitting third in Friday's lineup, the Atlanta Journal Constitution's David O'Brien reports. It sounds like Freeman dodged a legitimate scare over the break, and while he needed stitches after the procedure, it won't cost him any time. Freeman is on pace for a career high in home runs, as he had 16 in the first half, while his best mark is 23 in 2012 and 2013.
Freeman went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Saturday at the White Sox. Freeman launched his 16th homer of the year in the sixth inning to pull the Braves within a run in a game they'd go on to lose. He's now homered in back-to-back games, and he's slashing .286/.371/.517 on the year.
Freeman, who raised his season average 34 points in June with a .346 month, is already hitting .400 over the first two games of July after a 3-for-4 performance in Saturday's 9-1 victory over the Marlins. He had a two-run homer and scored twice as well. The 26-year-old continues to leave his early-season struggles in the dust, and he's now tallied multi-hit efforts in four of the last seven games. Freeman got the day started off right against Jose Fernandez when he plated Jace Peterson with a 417-foot shot to center field in the first, staking the Braves to an early 2-0 lead. His considerably improved play over the last month-plus has his season line up to a solid .289/.371/.511.