Apparently only one minor league rehab game was all Freddie Freeman needed to prove his health, as the Braves announced this afternoon that the first baseman was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Freeman has been sidelined since June 17 with a bone bruise and “aggravated ligaments” in his right wrist. He began a minor league rehab assignment yesterday with Triple-A Gwinnett and went 2-for-4 with a home run. The original plan called for him to be activated next Thursday, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes that the timeline likely changed after the Braves traded Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to the Mets on Friday.
Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network reports that Freeman is not slated to arrive in St. Louis until a little bit before tonight’s game against the Cardinals, so the expectation is that he’ll be available off the bench tonight before returning to the starting lineup tomorrow.
Freeman, 25, is batting .299/.367/.520 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI over 66 games this season. The Braves have gone 13-17 during his absence.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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