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.
Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.