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.