A.J. Burnett left his last start on Friday with soreness in his groin. Today he was diagnosed with a a small inguinal hernia, reports Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
He’ll make his next start on Wednesday and, based on his discomfort level, he will attempt to pitch through the remainder of the season with it. It’s apparently something that is fairly common and can be managed with injections.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had to exit Wednesday night’s game against the Phillies after he was hit on the left wrist by a Hoby Milner fastball in the bottom of the eighth inning. Charlie Culberson pinch-ran for him and stayed in the game to play first base.
You may recall that Freeman’s left wrist is the one that was fractured by an Aaron Loup pitch last year. Understandably, there’s some concern here. The Braves should provide an update later tonight or on Thursday.
Freeman went 1-for-3 in Wednesday’s game before exiting. On the season, he’s batting .288/.468/.492 with two home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 runs scored in 79 plate appearances.