Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman landed on the disabled list earlier this week with what was termed as a right wrist contusion and Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he received a platelet-rich plasma injection to help with the healing process.
Freeman originally injured the wrist on June 14 while taking batting practice at Citi Field. It’s essentially a bone bruise. He tried to play through the pain before getting a cortisone shot last week, but the Braves finally decided to shut him down after an MRI on Monday. It’s unlikely he’ll be ready when he’s first eligible on July 3, but the Braves are optimistic that he could return either before the All-Star break or immediately afterward.
Freeman has been the main threat in Atlanta’s lineup this season, batting .299/.367/.520 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI over 66 games. The Braves went with Nick Markakis, A.J. Pierzynski, and Joey Terdoslavich as their 3-4-5 hitters today against the Nationals. Not exactly intimidating.
The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.
Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.
The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.
Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: