When Freddie Freeman originally suffered a partially dislocated right kneecap last Tuesday, it was estimated that he could miss 1-2 weeks. Fortunately for the Braves, it sounds like he’ll end up meeting the shorter end of that timetable.
According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Freeman is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut tomorrow against the Nationals. He’ll only stay in for a couple of at-bats, but that’s not all that uncommon for a regular at this point of the spring, anyway. The knee shouldn’t have any impact on his preparation for Opening Day.
Freeman is coming off an impressive rookie season in which he batted .282/.346/.448 with 21 home runs, 76 RBI and a .795 OPS. The Braves are counting on the 22-year-old to be an important cog in their lineup again in 2012.
The Yankees signed Adam Lind to a minor league deal this past offseason. Then they released him during spring training. Now they have signed him to another minor league deal. He’ll report to extended spring training where he’ll now try not to get extended released.
Lind is a platoon guy with little defensive value, but he hit .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 301 plate appearances for the Nationals last season, serving as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman and outfielder. The injury to Greg Bird and the impending suspension of Tyler Austin — he’s currently on appeal — will likely give him at least some opportunity to show that he’s still a big leaguer.
Which, yeah, he probably still is. Or at least would be if teams didn’t have 13 and 14-man pitching staffs and actually had room for a couple of bench position players. Such is not the current game of baseball, however.