Freddie Freeman won’t return this month from wrist injury

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Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had been expected to return from his right wrist contusion immediately after the All-Star break, but it’s not going to play out that way for the 25-year-old.

“It’s more serious than we expected,” Braves president of baseball operations John Hart told columnist Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. “I’m hoping he’ll be back before the first of August but he may not be. He’s working hard to get back but it’s a slow-healing injury and it still gives him pain when he swings.”

Freeman has been on the disabled list since June 18 with the wrist injury — a bone bruise. He has already missed 23 games, and that number is probably going to climb much higher.

Kelly Johnson and Chris Johnson have been filling in at first base for the 42-47 Braves.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.