Freddie Freeman still bothered by wrist discomfort

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This piece of news slipped through last week, but it’s still relevant. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is still bothered by discomfort in his left wrist. Freeman went on the disabled list in mid-May with a fractured wrist and returned in early July. According to Freeman, his wrist is “probably about 80-85 percent.” He added, “I have lost a lot of strength.”

Freeman is hitless in his last four games and hasn’t homered in nearly two weeks. After posting a 1.209 OPS in 37 games leading up to the injury, Freeman has put up an .883  OPS– still plenty respectable — in 48 games since coming off of the DL.

It’s something for the 57-72 Braves to keep an eye on as they play out the final month of a lost season. According to Freeman, his doctor said he’ll need an offseason of rest before the wrist is back to normal.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.