We know several things about Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. He can hit very well and this season has shown that he can hit even better when he can see and hold the bat correctly. From the way he played over the past few seasons we know he is a gamer and can play through pain. Unfortunately, we know today that he has been placed on the 15-day disabled list for a strained oblique.
Freeman has stated clearly that he isn’t happy about going to the DL because he can play. He apparently told Fredi Gonzalez he doesn’t want to go to the DL. If you were watching last night when Freeman drove in Justin Upton for the Braves second run of the game, you saw the way he winced when he grabbed his side. There is pain there and plenty of it. Even I can see that from here. That led to the trainer checking on him and reportedly Freeman winced and jumped in pain when he touched the oblique.
That of course leads to him being sent to the DL. It is only the 15-day variety but any interruption in the flow of things right now is understandably upsetting. Freeman wants to play through the pain. He has proved he can play through pain. The coaching staff made the right move however. The great start Freeman has gotten out to is partly because he is healthy. One thing he doesn’t need is to play through oblique pain for the next three months.
It won’t be easy for Braves fans to miss him for the next couple of weeks and it won’t be easy for Freeman above all. Chris Johnson can play first and will likely do so while Freeman is out. When Freeman gets back healthy, he will pick right back up where he left off. The only way this season isn’t awesome for the Braves first baseman is if he once again plays through pain all season. It’s the right move by Gonzalez and company, plain and simple.