Freddie Freeman’s eye problems have not gotten any better and in fact the Braves first baseman has reacted poorly to multiple sets of contact lenses, so he’s ordered some prescription sports goggles and Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that that he’ll be examined tomorrow by a specialist.
Freeman has been battling blurred vision and dry eyes, and he’s unable to simply wear traditional glasses to the plate because it hurts his peripheral vision too much.
He initially suffered corneal abrasions during a series in Colorado that featured windy conditions and Rogers reports that his vision has deteriorated since then, going “from a prescription of 1.5 diopters in both eyes to 1.75 in his left and 2.0 in his right.”
Freeman wore contacts and played Friday, but went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and hasn’t played since, although he remains on the active roster. He may eventually consider Lasik surgery, although Rogers notes that it isn’t recommended for people with dry eyes.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.