Freddie Freeman takes swings, nears rehab assignment

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Freddie Freeman’s absence with a right wrist injury has dragged on longer than the Braves originally expected, but he’s finally making some progress.

According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Freeman “felt great” after hitting off a tee and taking two rounds of soft-toss today. The hope right now is that he’ll be ready to begin a minor league rehab assignment within the next day or two.

Freeman has been sidelined since June 17 with what was originally referred to as a bone bruise. However, he has also dealt with tendon and ligament inflammation. He was given a platelet-rich plasma injection after being placed on the disabled list and recently received two cortisone shots in addition to having fluid removed. That doesn’t sound like much fun.

The Braves have gone 11-15 with Freeman on the disabled list and not surprisingly, his bat has been missed in a big way. The team is batting just .235/.304/.362 so far this month.