Freddie Freeman leaves game with bruised elbow

Freddie Freeman exited Wednesday night's victory after being hit with a pitch.
Freddie Freeman exited Wednesday night's victory after being hit with a pitch. (USATSI)

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Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was forced from Wednesday night's game in Houston after getting hit with a pitch on his right elbow. Fortunately for Atlanta, it sounds like he's avoided anything serious, as X-rays weren't even seen as necessary.

“I needed to get ice on it with a day game tomorrow, so I just tried to keep the swelling down, see if I can go tomorrow,” Freeman said (ajc.com). “The doctor already saw me. Everything is good. Hopefully it’s not too swollen and too sore tomorrow to go. But I’m going to try to do everything I can to.”

It's not surprising Freeman will do everything he can to start Thursday, because he starts every game. Per that above ajc.com report, only Freeman, Starlin Castro and Hunter Pence have started every game this season among National League players.

Freeman, 24, is hitting .286/.375/.495 with 12 homers and 37 RBI this season.

The Braves won Thursday, 4-0, to move within one game of Washington in the NL East.

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