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Tag:Atlanta Braves
Posted on: October 18, 2010 11:09 pm

Braves 1B hurt in Arizona Fall League

Freddie Freeman Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman injured his left thumb sliding back into a base in an Arizona Fall League game on Monday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's David O'Brien writes .

The initial diagnosis is a sprain, O'Brien writes, but more will be known after an exam on Thursday.

Freeman, who is expected to man first base for the Braves on opening day, hurt his hand sliding into third on a triple for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. Freeman is batting .125 (2 for 16) in five AFL games with a double and a triple.

Freeman was called up in September and hit .167/.167/.333 with a homer in 24 at-bats in 20 games for the Braves. His one homer was off Roy Halladay.

At Triple-A, Freeman hit .319/.378/.521 with 18 homers and 87 RBI in 124 games.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 3:59 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:05 am

Lee played with torn ligament

Derrek Lee Derrek Lee earned the respect of the Braves, if not a job for 2011.

Braves general manager Frank Wren told reporters Lee played the last two months of the season with a torn thumb ligament, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports .

"Bobby [Cox] and [trainer] Jeff Porder both said this is one tough guy to play with what he's playing with," Wren said.

Wren said Lee jammed his right thumb on opening day in Atlanta while playing with the Cubs and had recovered by the time he was traded to the Braves in August. However, Lee tore the ligament a week after coming to Atlanta.

The injury was similar, but more severe, to the one that kept rookie Jason Heyward on the disabled list for three weeks. Lee had two pain-killing injections and had the occasional day off.

Lee, 35, will be a free agent, but don't expect him to return to Atlanta. The AJC 's David O'Brien tweets the team fully expects Freddie Freeman to be their opening-day first baseman (and have Alex Gonzalez at shortstop.)

Lee hit .260/.347/.428 with 19 homers this season, hitting .287/.384/.465 with three homers in 39 games for the Braves. Freeman appeared in 20 games for the Braves with four hits in 24 at bats. He hit one home run. In Triple-A, Freeman hit .319/.378/.521 with 18 homers in 124 games for Gwinnett of the International League.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 12:16 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:02 am

Braves to announce Gonzalez today

Looks like the Braves may go ahead and tell everyone what they already know -- Fredi Gonzalez could be introduced as the successor to Bobby Cox today.

The Braves announced they've scheduled "a major announcement" for 2:15 p.m. Eastern today after Bobby Cox's already scheduled press conference.

UPDATE: David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets the Braves will indeed announce Gonzalez at 2:15.

UPDATE: Surprising nobody, the Braves introduced Gonzalez as their manager.

Gonzalez told reporters he had no qualms about replacing Cox, "somebody's got to do it," he said .

As for his coaching staff, Terry Pendleton will stay and serve as the first-base coach and infield coordinator. Pitching coach Roger McDowell, third-base coach Brian Snitker and bullpen coach Eddie Perez will stay on with Gonzalez. First-base coach Glenn Hubbard and bench coach Chino Cadahia will not return. Gonzalez said he is "looking into" the hitting coach spot. Pendleton had been the team's hitting coach.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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