This is heartbreaking news for Braves fans to hear. Star first baseman Freddie Freeman will be out for approximately ten weeks with a fractured left wrist.
The injury occurred Wednesday night vs the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning when Blue Jays relief pitcher, Aaron Loup, hit Freeman in the left wrist with a 94-mph fastball. Freeman was taken out of the game immediately after being looked at by team trainer Jim Lovell.
Freeman will not undergo surgery for the fractured wrist. He will be in a cast for 4 weeks.
Freeman was putting up all-star caliber numbers before this injury, hitting .341 with 14 home runs and 25 RBI’s. He also had a .461 on base percentage and .748 slugging percentage. Those 14 home runs are tied with Aaron Judge for the most home runs in MLB. Freeman also has a 2.6 WAR, which is 2nd in the NL and third in MLB. Freeman also ranked third in runs scored with 35.
Not only was Freeman red-hot, but the Braves offense was hot around him. Matt Kemp and Nick Markakis were finding a groove hitting behind him.
This isn’t the only injury report coming from the Braves this week. Third baseman, Adonis Garcia, was placed on the 10-day DL Tuesday with an injury to his Achilles Tendinitis.
Third Baseman Rio Ruiz will be called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to take the roster spot and may even come in to replace Freeman at first for the time being. Ruiz does not have experience at first, but has told the team he is more than willing to play there. For the meantime, Jace Peterson and recently called up Johan Camargo will play the corner infield positions. Nick Markakis also has experience at first base.
The Braves released a statement about Freeman’s injury:
After the Braves called up Ruiz, they announced the signing of free agent first baseman James Loney to a minor league contract.