Freddie Freeman won’t return from wrist injury before All-Star break

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Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has already been sidelined since June 17 with a bone bruise and “aggravated ligaments” in his right wrist, but he confirmed to Mark Bowman of MLB.com today that the injury will keep him out through the All-Star break.

Freeman received a platelet-rich plasma injection on June 24 and still isn’t able to bend his wrist. While the bone bruise is healing, he’s currently receiving treatment focused on his ligaments and tendons. He’s hoping to go on a minor league rehab assignment during the All-Star break before returning on July 17 against the Cubs, but he also acknowledged that it’s a “best-case scenario.”

The Braves have understandably struggled to stay afloat without the big bat in their lineup, losing seven out of their last 12 games.

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.”