Freddie Freeman returns to lineup, says knee “feels great”

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Initially when Freddie Freeman dislocated his right knee cap on February 28 the fear was that he’d miss several weeks, but instead the Braves first baseman has made a rapid recovery.

Freeman rejoined the lineup today, playing four innings, and afterward told Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that his knee “feels great right now.”

Freeman reported no problems at the plate or in the field, although he hasn’t attempted to scoop a low throw yet after that play led to the injury. Assuming he wakes up tomorrow feeling decent it sounds like Freeman will basically be without limitations one week after suffering the injury.

Report: Mets offer managerial position to Mickey Callaway

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The Mets have reportedly offered their managerial position to Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway, according to multiple reports from the New York Post’s Joel Sherman and the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The three-year deal was accepted and is expected to be finalized today, though the team has yet to make an official announcement.

Callaway, 42, got his start in coaching back in 2010 for the Indians’ Single-A affiliate, where he helped the Lake County Captains to their first Midwest League title. He was promoted to a coaching position in High-A in 2011 and finally advanced to a big league role in 2013, where he helped guide the Indians’ pitching staff through five winning seasons and three postseason runs. Their success serves as a ringing endorsement: they’ve consistently ranked among the top ten rotations in MLB and led the league with a collective 23.1 fWAR and second-best 3.52 ERA in 2017.

The timing couldn’t be better for the Mets, whose cadre of powerhouse pitchers has weathered numerous injuries to Noah Syndergaard (torn right lat muscle), Matt Harvey (stress reaction in right shoulder), Zack Wheeler (stress reaction in right arm) and Steven Matz (ulnar nerve irritation) over the last year. While they’re preparing to take on a manager with no prior managerial experience, it doesn’t look like that’ll be an issue for Callaway.