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.