Freese announced his retirement on his personal Twitter feed Saturday. The 36-year-old appeared in four games in the NLDS this postseason, going 4-for-8 with two runs scored over the series. Over his 11-year career, Freese recorded a slash line of .277/.351/.423 with 113 home runs, 1,041 hits and 535 RBI. Freese was named the World Series MVP in 2011 while playing for the Cardinals.
Freese is starting at first base in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Nationals, batting second. Manager Dave Roberts indicated Wednesday that Freese would likely start Thursday, but he will officially bat second against southpaw Patrick Corbin and play first base. Max Muncy will shift to second base with Gavin Lux on the bench Thursday.
Manager Dave Roberts said Freese will be in the lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS versus the Nationals on Thursday, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports. Lefty Patrick Corbin with take the mound for the Nationals in the series opener, providing Freese the chance to start, likely at first base. The veteran infielder was limited to 186 plate appearances this season but looked great with a .315/.403/.599 slash line and 11 home runs in 79 games.
Freese hit a solo home run in his only at-bat in Tuesday's win over the Rockies. Freese came on as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and launched a ball over the wall in right center field for his 11th long ball of the season. The 36-year-old has shown no signs of rust since coming off the injured list Monday, going 2-for-3 with a pair of homers and a walk in three games.
Freese went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in a victory over the Diamondbacks on Sunday. Freese made his return to the lineup after missing 34 games with a strained left hamstring and contributed immediately, plating the Dodgers' first run with a solo shot to center field in the first inning. He had just one more at-bat, however, exiting for a pinch hitter in the sixth with a right-hander on the mound. Freese has been a valuable bench player and occasional starter for Los Angeles this season, slashing .303/.400/.509 with 10 homers and 28 RBI in 165 plate appearances.