First baseman Freddie Freeman, around whom the Braves’ lineup revolves, is headed to the disabled list with a wrist injury.
Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the injury is not believed to be serious, but Freeman tried avoiding the DL and couldn’t get healthy enough to play after missing four games.
It’s a huge loss for Atlanta, because Freeman hit .299 with 12 homers, 20 doubles, and an .887 OPS through 66 games and has an .836 OPS for his career at age 25. Meanwhile, no other Braves player has an OPS above .800 this season and Cameron Maybin at .755 is the next-highest among regulars.
ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.
Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.
The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.
The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.
Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.
Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).