Freddie Freeman’s MRI must not have gone well

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Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman’s had an MRI on his sore right wrist yesterday, which has kept him out of action for four straight games. It must not have gone well, as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Freeman did not take the flight to D.C. yesterday with the rest of the team for their series against the Nationals.

Freeman, by far the most important hitter in the Braves’ lineup, is hitting .299/.367/.520 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI on the year. The Braves, despite being at .500 with a negative 13 run differential, are only two games behind Washington, against whom they open up a three-game series tonight. Not having Freeman for the series is a tough blow.

Dale Murphy’s son hit in eye by rubber bullet during protest

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Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.

Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.

Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:

“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”