Freese collected a pair of hits, including a double, in three at-bats against the Giants on Friday. Freese is batting .375 with four homers and 16 RBI in 40 at-bats since July 26. While he doesn't play every day, he's been more than effective in 2018, slashing .293/.348/.478 in 278 plate appearances.
Freese (forearm) is back in the lineup Monday against the Rockies. Freese sat out Sunday's contest with a forearm contusion, but the issue was evidently not a serious one as he's back in the lineup just one day later. He'll bat cleanup and play third base.
Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle said Freese was held out of the lineup in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Cardinals due to a right forearm contusion, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. The injury snapped a streak of five straight starts for Freese, who had taken over as the club's everyday first baseman in place of the injured Josh Bell (oblique). Freese's health situation doesn't seem nearly as serious as Bell's, but if the 35-year-old is forced to miss additional games, Jose Osuna would be the primary beneficiary.
Freese is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals. Freese has acted as the Pirates' primary first baseman since Josh Bell (oblique) was placed on the 10-day disabled list July 28, but manager Clint Hurdle will go with Jose Osuna at the position in the series finale. Expect Freese to re-enter the lineup Monday, when the Pirates kick off a three-game set in Colorado.
Freese will start at first base and bat fifth Sunday against the Mets. It's the sixth start in seven games for Freese, whose pathway to playing time opened a little more Saturday when Josh Bell (oblique) was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Jose Osuna should pick up some starts at first base while Bell is sidelined, but Freese's hot bat and ability to play both corner-infield spots should help his case for maintaining a full-time role. Freese is slashing .364/.462/.727 over his first nine appearances out of the All-Star break.
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