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.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.