Braves wouldn’t wait for Gwinnett’s season to end to call on Freeman

Braves general manager Frank Wren isn’t tipping his hand on when and if the Braves will call up first base prospect Freddie Freeman, answering a direct question about it with “I don’t know.”

But he made this much clear on Saturday: the Braves wouldn’t wait until the Triple-A season is over to do it.

Freeman has been scalding the ball in Triple-A Gwinnett, hitting .427 (41-for-96) for the month of August, with four home runs and 24 RBIs in 25 games through Friday. He seems poised for his first major league call-up when rosters expand on Sept. 1.

The only real question appeared to be if the Braves might wait until Gwinnett’s season is over on Sept. 6 before calling Freeman up, so he could play every day until then. Based on what Wren said Saturday, the Braves won’t wait that late for any of the call-ups, most likely bringing them all up in one group.

“We want to be at full strength as soon as we can,” Wren said. “Every game is important. You never know when a game could hinge on a player you want to bring up.”

Wren also said as long as a player is in the Braves organization as of Aug. 31, he is eligible for the postseason roster as a replacement for an injured player. It used to be that players had to be on the active roster by Aug. 31 to be eligible for the postseason. But now it’s not even required that they be on the 40-man, Wren said. (Freeman is not yet on the 40-man roster.)

Among other players expected to be in the mix of call-ups are center fielder Nate McLouth, right-hander Kenshin Kawakami (as a reliever), reliever Mike Dunn, and a third catcher – Clint Sammons or J.C. Boscan. Troy Glaus is in Gwinnett on a rehabilitation assignment and is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday.

Reliever Craig Kimbrel got called up on Friday to give the Braves an extra arm in the bullpen until Mike Minor starts on Tuesday against the Mets. When Minor is reactivated, Kimbrel would have to return to the minors and stay until the end of Gwinnett’s season before he could return.

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SSA

August 28th, 2010
6:52 pm

Hope Freeman can come up and do some damage. And first

bp

August 28th, 2010
6:53 pm

LAG

August 28th, 2010
6:53 pm

So can Freeman come up to the Braves and be post-season eligible as Glaus’s injury replacement? Or would he lose that designation once Glaus came off the DL?

Or… will Frank swerve everybody and call up Freeman on Tuesday the 31st, thereby rendering my previous questions moot?

Steve

August 28th, 2010
6:58 pm

Why doesn’t Fumbling Frank call up Freeman now? I mean, he can hit .240 like the current 1st baseman is doing.

Steve

August 28th, 2010
7:01 pm

I guess Fumbling Frank wants to keep his string of getting to the post-season intact.

Mc21

August 28th, 2010
7:20 pm

Stick Freeman in LF right now in Gwinnett, stick him on the 40-man so he’ll be postseason eligible and bring him up when he gets comfortable there. Use Glaus at 3B when he gets back and Omar in CF.

Omar, Heyward, Prado, McCann, Lee, Glaus, Freeman, Gonzalez in September.

Use Ankiel and Nate as defensive replacements late in games (with Omar moving from CF to 3B). Rest Glaus at 3B by moving Omar in and playing Nate or Ankiel in CF against some RHP down the stretch.

RomeFan

August 28th, 2010
8:01 pm

Hicks for defense or pr?

braves70

August 28th, 2010
9:26 pm

According to DOB, the rule has been changed so that anyone in the entire organization on September 1 is eligible for the playoffs. Previously you had to be on the 25 man roster to be eligible. Freeman would be okay if that is correct.

braves70

August 28th, 2010
9:32 pm

I found DOB’s comment from Thursday at 5:10 PM:

RC, like I said, anyone in the entire organization before Sept. 1 is eligible for postseason roster. The rule was made even looser recently, so now it doesn’t even have to be a pitcher replacing a DL’d pitcher. It can be any player replacing any DL’d player, regardless of position.

http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2010/08/25/billy-wagner-on-clemens-bonds-steroids/comment-page-28/

hawesg

August 28th, 2010
9:36 pm

I’m guessing Chipper goes on the 60 day DL and Fabulous Freddie Freeman takes his place on the 40 man?

'91 Rainout

August 28th, 2010
10:13 pm

Mc…you’re an idiot. The rest of yall, FW has done an AMAZING job this year. Don’t screw with success. This team will win the East or at worst take the Wildcard and draw the Central in the opening round of the playoffs, which we will absolutely dominate. This team will play for the Pennant against Philly in October.

Smitty

August 28th, 2010
10:27 pm

Is this right? Since Medlin and Chipper are on the DL, the Braves pretty much a free hand? (within their organization)

Skeezix

August 28th, 2010
10:32 pm

Frank fumbled with Farnsworth and now it looks like he fumbled again with Derrek Lee. The guy definitely doesn’t have J.S.’s golden touch.
Free Freeman now!!

Anyway-good win tonight.

SG10

August 28th, 2010
10:41 pm

Isn’t there a guy in minors with some crazy speed that we could bring up as potential pinch-runner during september call-ups?..recently saw Houston’s Michael Bourne create havoc on the basepaths with his pure speed..we haven’t had such base running threat since Furcal.

kevin

August 29th, 2010
12:42 am

call the kid up and let him and lee be a platoon at first its that easy and who playes better starts more so there

Johnny DangerDawg

August 29th, 2010
9:36 am

SG10,
Gregor Blanco can run the bases pretty dang fast… Whoops, we traded him.

Smiling Jack

August 29th, 2010
9:49 am

Frankly, Fumbling Frank doesn’t give a F_ _ _ about your opinion nor should he nor should any one else for that matter. Frankly, the end results of the season will vindicate Fumbling Frank’s handling of Freeman and the Braves roster. He has done the best he can. I think he has more intimate knowledge of the situation, rules etc, cares more about the end result and has more riding on his decisions than any of the name calling Fumbling Frank and Bobby Cox haters

I say Go Braves take it to the top. You’re doing a great job making it an exciting baseball season. It’s great to be in the race down the stretch! Freddy Freeman will get here in due time!

samhere

August 29th, 2010
11:45 am

Freeman can be called up in Sept and still be on the playoff roster. He can take Chippers spot. For now he needs to stay with the G-Braves and come up on the 1st. He can than be eased into action. You don’t want to ruin this kid by rushing him under pressure. Remember Joey Devine.

ATL FAN

August 29th, 2010
12:38 pm

Melky Cabrera for starting CF!!!

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