Mike Leake’s return from the disabled list has been delayed

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Mike Leake was slated to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Giants’ rotation tonight against the Cardinals, but those plans have been canceled because his hamstring strain remains an issue.

That means Ryan Vogelsong will start in his place and Matt Cain will pitch Wednesday, with Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com reporting that Leake will “continue to get treatment for the strain” while “the plan is to have him back in the rotation this weekend in Pittsburgh.”

Leake made just one start for the Giants after they acquired the impending free agent from the Reds at the July 31 trade deadline for minor leaguers Keury Mella and Adam Duvall.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.