Freddie Freeman expected to play tomorrow following recent knee injury

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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.

Colby Rasmus signs a minor league deal with the Orioles

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Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Colby Rasmus has agreed to a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

Rasmus, 31, played only 37 games with the Rays last year. The reason: the previous offseason he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle, and the hip continued to bother him throughout spring training. He began the season on the disabled list and made his debut on May 2, hitting .281/.318/.579 in 129 plate appearances before going back on the DL June 23. He’d never return, “stepping away” from the game in the words of the club, which placed him on the restricted list for the remainder of the season.