Freeman (wrist) hopes for rehab in 7-10 days
That's after the end of the Braves' road trip. Freeman was cleared to begin taking dry swings on Friday and will continue a hitting progression over the next few days. The slugger said earlier this week that he was hoping to return prior to the All-Star break, and it looks like he'll have a chance to do just that. Freeman has been working out at third base and could be used at the position upon activation as the Braves look for a way to keep Matt Adams' bat in the lineup.
Freeman (wrist) says plan is to return as 3B
Freeman worked out at SunTrust Park on Wednesday afternoon, even taking grounders at third base, and he told reporters afterward that he plans to return immediately after the All-Star break -- as the Braves' starting third baseman. That would allow the hot-hitting Matt Adams to remain at first base. Freeman has been on the disabled list since mid-May with a fracture in his left wrist.
Freeman (wrist) might play 3B upon return
Matt Adams has done an excellent job filling in at first base for Atlanta since Freeman fractured his left wrist in mid-May. "We're discussing that internally, because the fact is, Freddie will be back," Snitker said of Freeman moving to the hot corner. "There are some options there, because it would be nice to have both of those guys in the lineup somehow." Freeman is still at least a month away, so the topic isn't all that pressing yet. He did play third base throughout his high school career but hasn't appeared there in a major league game.
Freddie Freeman (wrist) plays catch Monday
It was just a short, five-minute session of light tossing, but it's still a nice step for the first baseman. Freeman is a month removed from being diagnosed with a fractured left wrist and obviously still has a ways to go, as he's not expected back until late July at the earliest. Matt Adams has filled in nicely at first base for the Braves.
Braves put Freddie Freeman on disabled list
Freeman suffered the injury Wednesday when he was struck on the left arm by an Aaron Loup fastball. The star first baseman is expected to be sidelined 10-12 weeks, into early August. Rio Ruiz has been called from Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding move and could see regular starts at first base for Atlanta. Johan Camargo is also in the mix there.
Freddie Freeman diagnosed with broken wrist
Freeman won't require surgery, but he'll be in a cast for the next month or so and will then have to begin rebuilding strength in his left arm. The star first baseman suffered the left wrist fracture Wednesday when he was struck by a high-and-tight Aaron Loup fastball. Atlanta does not have a good internal replacement for Freeman, who was batting .341/.461/.748 with 14 home runs and 25 RBI through 37 games this season. Nick Markakis could get some run at first base.
Freddie Freeman (wrist) could miss 8-10 wks
Freeman was removed from Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays after taking an Aaron Loup fastball off his left wrist in the bottom of the fifth inning. X-rays turned up inconclusive, so the Braves sent him for an MRI and a CT scan. There should be an official diagnosis at some point Thursday.
X-rays on Freeman's wrist prove inconclusive
Freeman was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays after Aaron Loup pegged him in the left wrist during the fifth inning. He will undergo an MRI and a CT scan on Thursday, which should shed more light on the severity of this injury.
Five Cubs projected to be in 20%+ of lineups tonight
The five most popular players on either site are projected to be Cubs tonight with Schwarber, Russell, Rizzo, Happ and Bryant all expected to be in 20% or more of lineups. The easiest place to diversify might be First Base with several players projected for big nights according to RotoGrinders Player Projections an Freddie Freeman projected to be in 10% of lineups or fewer on either site and Wil Myers (1%) grabbing the top Contrarian Rating (ContR) on either site. Matt Shoemaker and Michael Pineda are projected to be the most popular arms with Jhoulys Chacin a surprising third, no doubt due to Milwaukee's high strikeout rate and potential injury situation (Braun DL, both Shaw & Thames out of games this week). Michael Fulmer and Gerrit Cole could be more contrarian plays. Each has a tough opponent, but have been pitching well. Premium subscribers can find potential ownership rates on the Projected Ownership page.
First Base has three of the four top projected bats tonight, but Second Base may hold more value
Despite the Cubs being projected for more than six runs tonight, the RotoGrinders Player Projections only see one of their batters as a top four overall bat and Anthony Rizzo is among two other First Basemen (Freddie Freeman & Eric Thames) and Mike Trout, who had homered in four consecutive games before last night. Ian Happ is mis-priced on DraftKings ($2.7K) and is the easy pick for top value (3.18 Pt/$/K), but he is followed by Rizzo (2.4 Pt/$/K) and another Cub (Addison Russell 2.36 Pt/$/K). FanDuel also sees Happ ($2.3K) as the top value (4.83 Pt/$/K), but here, he is followed by Second Base counterparts Jed Lowrie (3.7 Pt/$/K) and Rougned Odor (3.68 Pt/$/K).