Freeman’s thumb injury shuts him down in Arizona

Freddie Freeman’s thumb injury will keep the Braves first-base prospect out for the remainder of the Arizona Fall League.

After Braves hand specialist Dr. Gary Lourie examined his sprained left thumb on Monday in Atlanta, the decision was made to pull Freeman from the fall league and have him return home to California to rest.

Freeman, injured while sliding into third base in an Oct. 18 game, will wear a splint for the next couple of weeks and return to Atlanta in about three weeks to begin rehabilitation.

An MRI last week showed no major ligament damage, and surgery was not necessary. However, any thumb sprain can linger for an extended period if not given time to heal.

Rather than having Freeman try to return for the final weeks of the AFL, which runs through Nov. 20, the Braves will have him aim for what they believe should be a full recovery before spring training begins in February.

The Braves are planning on the left-handed slugger to be their starting first baseman in 2011. Freeman hit .319 with 35 doubles, 18 home runs and 87 RBIs in 124 games during the 2010 season for Triple-A Gwinnett.

He played only five AFL games before the injury. Freeman was 2-for-16 (.125) with a double, a triple and one RBI for the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

Freeman got his first major league callup in September and went 4-for-24 (.167) with a double and a homer in 20 games for Atlanta. His homer was a tape-measure shot off Philadelphia ace Roy Halladay.

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October 25th, 2010
10:08 pm

We need him to be healthy….rest him……first


October 25th, 2010
10:09 pm

man man man man man…

D Lee can save us money on bat insuracne.


October 25th, 2010
10:29 pm

You all forget that D Lee has a worse thumb injury than Freddie and his requires surgery

David O'Brien

October 25th, 2010
10:35 pm

Andrew: That’s correct about D. Lee. Worse than Heyward’s or Freeman’s. And Lee hurt it the first series of the season, against the Braves, and played the entire season with it. Aggravated it shortly after being traded to Braves, made it worse for the stretch drive. As Cox said, team docs said this was one tough hombre to play through that. When we’d ask about his back, he’d always say something like, “it’s better. I’m feeling OK.” And he never brought up the thumb injury with reporters.

Ken Stallings

October 25th, 2010
10:42 pm

That explains why he was so late on fastballs.

I understand the desire to keep the injuries from being known, but man to think his thumb was injured! What a painful thing to deal with when trying to bat!

Ron Gardenhose

October 25th, 2010
10:47 pm

You can always count on the Braves to try and save a buck with a worn out injured has-been retread at the trade deadline.

Atlanta braves fan of south

October 25th, 2010
11:22 pm

I think he will be back .. Plus everyone is getting hurt it seems like . I mean I went outside today and played base ball with those Acorns that fall out of trees and hit like 10 home runs until the bat came back and hit my knee . Baseball is a sport that anything can happen . There is still 5 months until spring starts ..when the warm air comes…the baseball team must be ready to play …nuff said

Atlanta braves fan of south

October 25th, 2010
11:50 pm

I think Atlanta needs to try to sign A 112 mph closer to be the braves closer .

Just think of this …

Lets pretend its the 1st week in October 2011 . The braves are tied with the mets with 91 wins each the score is 2 to 1…..

This is a dream game that would be sick and hot and sweet if it took place …

The Braves have a 2 to 1 lead …bases loaded …..Here comes the new closer running to the mound ..The crowed is going wild ..If the braves win 1 more they are headed to the world series in 2011 …Strike 1..Dam that was close , almost a ball . bottom of the 9th , bases are loaded , Strike 2 ! ..time out …. the green light ….crowed on there feet …everyone doing the chop …..Strike 3 ..the closer takes the Braves to the world series ..

Atlanta Braves have won there 17th Division title as a ball club ..Crowed going wild …

fireworks < sounds of enjoyment and respect and love from fans as they say I love you to the new closer for taking them all the way as the closer .

That dream year above ..

Now would u all want that ? we need a closer

Looking Forward to Freddies (both of them)

October 26th, 2010
3:06 am

This is the right move. I would much rather Freddy come back completely healed and healthy under our new batting instructor than injure himself further and it affect him all of next season. This is especially the case with a rookie who needs the confidence and is somewhat untested (in his own eyes) at the big show. Imagine if he kept trying to play through the pain and it killed his hitting, in that case he may also lose his confidence (e.g. Jordan Schafer).


October 26th, 2010
3:27 am

Jordan Schafer has just recently stated that his injury has completely healed and for the first time his wrist feels 100%. Schafer has never suffered from a lack of confidence, just the opposite, he is a very confident player. Defensively he is still the best CF the Braves have and may be the best choice for CF in the #8 hole in the batting order unless a CF is acquired in the offseason.


October 26th, 2010
4:32 am

Freeman has a thumb injury- great. Did anyone but me really enjoy the NLCS? Thought it was a very exciting, well-played, and of course well-managed series. Some things we in Atlanta are not used to seeing. Am I the only one who thinks this is going to be a great world series? Sorry if nobody else gets excited about baseball unless its the braves.


October 26th, 2010
4:52 am

JA Son, I also gt excited about baseball even when the braves are or playing. I agree about nlcs being exciting. I’m glad the Yankees and the Phillies did not make the world series. It’s always good when a team wins the pennant that hasn’t been in world series in a while. This year we have 2 such teams. The giants have not won a world series since 1954. This is Texas’ 50th season & the first year they ever won a playoff series. I’ve followed baseball daily since the Braves won the world series in 1957.


October 26th, 2010
8:13 am

Schafer is not the answer. He will be anotehr good defensive CF, but no bat. I hope Wren will resign Henske and find some more veteran bench help.

Let's Go

October 26th, 2010
8:14 am

Was this a head first slide into 3rd base? Why do these players continue to do that when they know eventually they are going to jam or break some part of the hand.


October 26th, 2010
8:26 am

Giants in six – because of their pitching and even more so their manager. Bochy is probably the most underrated manager in the NL if not all of baseball.

Bob the Blogger

October 26th, 2010
8:35 am

I haven’t given up on Schafer yet, but I do think he needs some time in AAA to get his groove back. Add a hard hitting left fielder, and we’re back in business.

Mike S

October 26th, 2010
8:39 am

Actually, I could live with Shafer in CF if the braves can bring in a big bat in LF.

Shafer is a much better hitter than people give him credit for being. if he is 100% healthy again, and he performs well in Spring training I say give him the shot. Since it appears we are stuck with McOut, let him be a 4th OF, defensive replacement, pinch runner type.

It all hinges now on a healthy Chipper and a quality LF.

Prado – 2b
Heyward – RF
Chipper – 3B
McCann – C
Freeman – 1B
Gonzo – SS
Shafer – CF

That is a decent lineup.

Metro Coach

October 26th, 2010
9:06 am

Everybody remembers the Schafer that struggled after he hurt his wrist. They don’t remember the guy who was raking before he got hurt. If his wrist is good to go he should get the CF job. At least he’ll try to throw someone out and maybe bunt every now and then.


October 26th, 2010
9:14 am

Whats all the Schafer crap..the Kids played 3 are 4 months in the last 3 years and U think he’s the best CF…..Idiot! He is not in the Braves plans right now. Some of u people don’t keep up with players and run your mouth without knowing. He may be traded.
3 months in 3 years…damn.


October 26th, 2010
9:16 am

Yea right metro Joke

Let's Go

October 26th, 2010
9:53 am

The Braves will try and sign a power hitting outfielder on the cheap this off season so that probably means a LF and they will go into spring training with Nate McLouth and whoever else they may have in the system in CF. Jordan Shaffer will come to spring training this year knowing that this is probably his last chance to become an everyday major league baseball player and I think he gets his chance. If he does play well in the spring the Braves will use him but if he fails I see him getting released and sent on his way.


October 26th, 2010
10:26 am

Look for the Braves to sign someone like Jose Guillen to play LF.

Braves Fan Since "80

October 26th, 2010
10:43 am

Mike S…. got a look at your lineup 8:39….. It appears even with a big bad bat we need a two hole and three hole batter…..our entire lineup is made up of 5-8 hitters….. Jason my well develop into a nice three hole…… on the AVG cut down on the K’s and pick up the Power……. well I guess if he cut’s down on the K’s everything else would tak care of it self

I would be happy with a Poor mans Carl Crawford type (that is more luck than smarts) A rare combo of speed great gap power and good pop…… Shaffer had that potential……. Rasmus like…… I guess I think we need to get prado back in the two hole….. not because Iwe do not like him in the leadoff but because we have a better option…….. Chipper has got to add some fear like he use to or this team will struggle to score runs

Braves Fan Since "80

October 26th, 2010
10:55 am

Ronald Millsaps

April 30th, 2010
8:49 pm
I’d move Heyward to “three” and have him bat in front of McCann.

As for Chipper-Jordan, I’m glad Jordan didn’t apologize for the comments because he didn’t say anything insulting, just that he thought Chipper’s approach was wrong. Nothing wrong with that statement.

“Adam”– You’re in no position to make that comment about Chipper.

As for David O’Brien perhaps not liking negativity, negativity isn’t intrinsically wrong. The Braves have earned a lot of criticism so far, and there’s nothing wrong with making valid suggestions.

Let’s design a deal for Josh Willingham, Jorge Cantu, or Cody Ross. We still need some pop on this team, albeit it’s nice to see Heyward providing some.
I give Milsaps April posting Stevie Wonder Award
Calling out Chipper
Moving up heyward
A a Coddy Ross nod

We should have listened!


October 26th, 2010
11:01 am

The NLCS might have been interesting if one were able to see it. Up here, FOX is trying to extort a kikng’s ransom from our cable company and has been off the aire for the whole time and is likely to be off for the WS as well. The only thing worse than the Braves not making it to the next round would have been seeing them get there, then not being able to see any of the playoff games. FOX is an abomination!!!


October 26th, 2010
11:05 am

Ellsbury CF via trade with Boston when they sign Crawford
Infante LF
Prado 2nd
McCann C
Chipper 3rd
Heyward RF
Gonzo SS
Freeman 1st

Our first 3 batters can all hit 300 with decent speed
and our next 3 are all great with RISP
7 & 8 are anything is a plus.

We are not going to hit for power and must play another style of ball.

Move the runners, timely hitting and great defense.

I sure wish we had Escobar so Fredi could have worked with him.

It’s almost like Cox wanted him gone to hurt Fredi’s chances.

Gonzo did not impress me with his bat or glove.

It’s like we have guys that press to hard. I mean come on. Just play ball and enjoy it for what it is. A great way to earn a living for you and your family.


October 26th, 2010
11:19 am

JAson…. You speak of us not having seen intelligent managing in Atlanta for awhile? i say we have never seen an intelligent blog post from you. The Cox bashing contingent bashes on, even when Bobby is gone. They aren’t happy without someone to bash, when it would be better for those of us that know baseball if they would bash their skulls against a brick wall.

Bobby Cox

October 26th, 2010
11:34 am

Q. You wanna to know Wren’s plan to improve the OF? A. Get McLouth hitting lessons.

luv them braves

October 26th, 2010
11:57 am

I don’t care what anybody thinks. Last year may have been Cox’s best year. We made it to the playoffs with next to NO talent outside of 2 or 3 pitchers.


October 26th, 2010
12:51 pm

i think the Braves Fan since “80/Milsaps post is written in code. My brain got tired and started to hurt trying to make sense of that. ouch.


October 26th, 2010
1:37 pm

I have a feeling Heyward is going to be one of those guys that has trouble playing a full season because of lingering injuries. Just the last two years he has missed MULTIPLE games because of back,thumb,knee, hamstring,etc.
And at 20-21 years of age, that is not a good omen for his future health.

urban redneck

October 26th, 2010
1:46 pm

agreed hoho.

lest we forget…………………..we are stuck with mclouth. stuck. it appears we may get rid of KK, but unfortunately nate is a brave next year. i don’t like it, but it’s factual. shafer’s name is coming up in trade talks because the CF/LF market is limited and expensive.

my best advice: package shafer and mclouth and trade em for a sixer of PBR.

Chuck M.

October 26th, 2010
3:28 pm

Gardenhose you are a jerk! how can you say that about a human being.Liberty Media is to balme for the Braves pay roll.I think that DLee did a good job.

Atlanta braves fan of south

October 26th, 2010
3:51 pm

People get so addicted to age . Ball players can be good at the age of 40 . Heck as long as the score runs . I could care less if there 100 years old . Just play ball .

Atlanta braves fan of south

October 26th, 2010
3:54 pm

Baseball is not about how young a player is . Its about how good a player is . I think anyone under 50 is still a real young man in the game of baseball . 50 years olds is not old . 60 is not , 70 – 80 is not . 100 could even be a young man IF they are healthy . why ? Baseball is not about Age . Its about playing and baseball does not care how old anyone is .

Jesse Stone

October 26th, 2010
5:44 pm

Mike S

October 26th, 2010
8:39 am
Actually, I could live with Shafer in CF if the braves can bring in a big bat in LF.

When will the Shafer nonsense end?????? Why don’t we go out and get Mark Prior too and gamble on his health?

Alan 10

October 26th, 2010
5:48 pm

Good news if you stop and think about it.

Alan 10

October 26th, 2010
5:51 pm

Where is the hitting coach, the worst problem we had last year and we haven’t addressed it?

Dorothy Davis

October 26th, 2010
6:11 pm

We could all speculate on positions for next year, but lets wait and see who is Healthy and what big bats are available. We could use a few of those.


October 26th, 2010
10:17 pm

the way haystack hit after bout may he should bat 10th lol

DC Brave

October 28th, 2010
9:41 am

OK, here is my plan.

1. Ask Chipper if he can possibly live off $1 million a year for the next 28 years (with adjustments for inflation).

2. Sign Carl Crawford.

3. Trade JJ and one of the Double AA prospect pitchers for Rasmus.

4. Buy Braves NL Champion T-shirts at the end of the 2011 season.

Michael Procton

October 28th, 2010
2:24 pm

Any chance this impacts their urgency in getting a vet 1B to potentially compete? Wren had said these would be important ABs for Freeman’s experience.

David O'Brien

October 28th, 2010
5:32 pm

Michael, if the Braves are sure he’ll be healthy for spring — and I think they are fairly certain of that, no reason not to be — then I don’t think they’re going to allocate resources to get a high-priced backup. A likely scenario, I think, is they get a right-handed-hitting version of Hinske, one who can play some 1B and other positions.


October 28th, 2010
8:05 pm

If we dont get a First basemen then we will have holes at the 9, 6 3 and possibly 5 positions. God 2011 is looking like 1977. Boy those were some fun times. At keast the cheap seats got you close to the players…. Fredi. May wanta pull a Bobby Cremins and reconsider… Liberty better do something with the 95 million profit cheap busturds!!! Go Braves!


October 28th, 2010
8:17 pm

Dob – mite as well go see confederate railroad. Yhis line up is just that way. Same as it was last time you saw them play. Just older and slower…


October 29th, 2010
12:35 pm

reading the commenyt above about the well managed sewries made me think the difference between our braves n the gians is cox gave hyward reposabilty and he tanked and bochy gave possey resonability and he ran witth it and thrived your 20010 roy bank on it and who ya gooing to blame now thsat cox is gone ohhh from recent blogs its obvious the new guy lolmaybe look at the poser in right for some major blame the biigest flame out since brad kommisk and way more over rated

Conrad for Gold Glove

October 30th, 2010
4:17 pm

“reading the commenyt above about the well managed sewries made me think the difference between our braves n the gians is cox gave hyward reposabilty and he tanked and bochy gave possey resonability and he ran witth it and thrived your 20010 roy bank on it and who ya gooing to blame now thsat cox is gone ohhh from recent blogs its obvious the new guy lolmaybe look at the poser in right for some major blame the biigest flame out since brad kommisk and way more over rated”

lay off the alchy

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