Braves lose Freddie Freeman to wrist injury

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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.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.