Braves 1B Freeman hurts knee during workout

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Even as Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was in the dugout Tuesday praising first baseman Freddie Freeman’s defense, Freeman was headed to the the clubhouse with an injured knee.

Freddie Freeman during Tuesday's workout. He later injured his right knee while reaching for a throw. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Freddie Freeman during Tuesday's workout. He later injured his right knee while reaching for a throw. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Freeman has a sublux (partial dislocation) of the right kneecap after being injured during a fielding drill near the end of Tuesday’s workout. He’s scheduled to be reevaluated by a specialist on Wednesday.

The Braves said the knee was stable after the injury, which is similar to one that Freeman had in May 2010 at Triple-A Gwinnett. He was out nearly two weeks with that injury.

Freeman hadn’t had problems with the knee since 2010 until Tuesday, when he reached to field a low throw and felt the kneecap slip out of  place.

He was the 2011 National League Rookie of the Year runner-up — behind Braves closer Craig Kimbrel — after hitting .282 with 32 doubles, 21 homers and 76 RBIs.

First baseman Ernesto Mejia swung a big bat in Double-A. He's a on-roster spring training invitee. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

First baseman Ernesto Mejia swung a big bat in Double-A. He's a on-roster spring training invitee. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Gonzalez wasn’t aware of the the injury during a post-workout interview with reporters, when he lauded Freeman and former Braves shortstop Alex Gonzalez for being the biggest reasons the team set a franchise record for fielding percentage in 2011.

In a brief conversation with a teammate after Tuesday’s workout, Freeman didn’t seem overly concerned and said he thought he could be ready to play in a week or two.

In Freeman’s absence, veteran utility man Eric Hinske and versatile journeyman Drew Sutton could get more playing time at first base along with non-roster invitee Ernesto Mejia, who hit .297 with 26 homers, a .375 on-base percentage and 99 RBIs for the Braves’ Double-A Mississippi affiliate.

The Braves don’t play their first spring-training game until Saturday and already have two infielders and a starting pitcher injured.

Backup shortstop Jack Wilson is expected to miss four to six weeks with a strained calf, which he hurt during a conditioning drill last week before reporting to spring training.

Pitcher Tommy Hanson missed the first week of camp after suffering a Grade 1 concussion in a one-car accident on his way to the opening pitchers-and-catchers workout of spring. He has eased back into limited activities the past three days.

Starting pitcher Tim Hudson is recovering from back surgery and could be out until May.

Hanson nears return

Hanson could return to full activity by Wednesday and pitch off the mound for the first time all spring on Thursday, provided he passes the ImPact concussion test. He was to take it a third time either Tuesday or Wednesday.

On his second test, Hanson’s results nearly matched the baseline test he took three years ago. He said only one of his responses  failed to match the baseline results, and he thought that might have had something to do with a faulty computer mouse he was using.  He was to use a different computer when he took the test the third time.

Hanson said he’s felt normal and headache-free while steadily increasing his workouts the past three days. He did a little more running and throwing on Tuesday than he did Monday.

147 comments Add your comment

number1dawgfan1105

February 28th, 2012
3:28 pm

Sose

February 28th, 2012
3:31 pm

That sucks. Maybe they will get all the injuries out of the way at the beginning of the season instead of at the end!

honeybee

February 28th, 2012
3:35 pm

I completely agree with you Sose. Now is better because they dont have to rush them back.

CHIPPER DID IT

February 28th, 2012
3:37 pm

THE FAT MONSTER STRIKES AGAIN. IT WAS NO FIELDING DRILL. CHIPPER SAW A KID WITH AN ICE CREAM CONE IN THE STANDS AND MADE A BEELINE FOR THE GOODNESS. FREEMAN NEVER HAD A CHANCE. LARRY WAYNE FATTYFAT BOWLED HIM OVER AND TORE THAT KNEE UP GOOD.

I ALSO HAVE IT ON GOOD AUTHORITY THAT CHIPPER ATTACKED MCCANN AT BATTING PRACTICE YESTERDAY AFTER MISTAKING HIM FOR A MUFFIN.

Braves needs

February 28th, 2012
3:38 pm

move chipper to 1st and prado to 3rd. Find a bat for Left

el dragon

February 28th, 2012
3:38 pm

The crime dog is in camp. Hmm…

Weaseal

February 28th, 2012
3:39 pm

Hope your back soon FF we need ya buddy !!!

Brian

February 28th, 2012
3:41 pm

ATL sports drama…………..here we go again!

Kashi

February 28th, 2012
3:42 pm

I can’t agree more Sose & honeybee !!!!

BravesFan

February 28th, 2012
3:43 pm

It’s weird that a lot of people truly believe that these players aren’t ALL on Steroids! If Freeman had been doing anything besides juicing and bulking up this offseason this would not have happened. A true person that shows up IN SHAPE doesn’t hurt their knee picking up a ground ball on day 4. STEROIDS PEOPLE! STEROIDS! AND YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE!

honeybee

February 28th, 2012
3:43 pm

I think we are carrying these Chipper jokes a little far. Come on guys lay off.

CHIPPER DID IT

February 28th, 2012
3:44 pm

THE ONLY STEROIDS CHIPPER HAS BEEN USING ARE MADE BY BEN & JERRY AND CINNABON.

AMIRITE?

JJ

February 28th, 2012
3:46 pm

BravesFan

February 28th, 2012
3:43 pm
It’s weird that a lot of people truly believe that these players aren’t ALL on Steroids! If Freeman had been doing anything besides juicing and bulking up this offseason this would not have happened. A true person that shows up IN SHAPE doesn’t hurt their knee picking up a ground ball on day 4. STEROIDS PEOPLE! STEROIDS! AND YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE!
———————————————————————————————————————————————–

Dumbest thing I’ve read in a while. Congrats.

smalltownbravesfan

February 28th, 2012
3:46 pm

list is @ 3 and have not even played a sring game yet!!! ouch

David O'Brien

February 28th, 2012
3:47 pm

Seriously, with “fans” like some of you, who needs enemies?

Steveo

February 28th, 2012
3:47 pm

Better now than September…

Larry

February 28th, 2012
3:47 pm

and the excuses for Fredi now begin…

Dear Lord we have some stupid fans

February 28th, 2012
3:48 pm

BravesFan, get off the couch. This is something that has happened to FF before. The human body does get injured even when doing something that they do all of the time.

smalltownbravesfan

February 28th, 2012
3:48 pm

JJ i agree that was DUMB!!!

Chipper Jones

February 28th, 2012
3:50 pm

I refuse to play 1st base ! Its all about me !

smalltownbravesfan

February 28th, 2012
3:50 pm

we need Freeman, hope it is nothing serious. good luck FF!!!

Person

February 28th, 2012
3:50 pm

Jack Wilson’s injury, though not headline news, is important. If Pastornicky is not ready, wasn’t Wilson supposed to be able to step in? Now our first baseman is potentially down? At the very least, an inauspicious start to the spring, for the infield anyway.

eastbound and down

February 28th, 2012
3:51 pm

DOB,
don’t mistake “bloggers” for fans. i am guessing the middle school kids have arrived at home and killing some time before mom fixes them a snack.

Frank Wren

February 28th, 2012
3:52 pm

Don’t worry, gang. I’ve got Rico Brogna and Troy Glaus in my rolodex in case Freddie can’t make it.

The Snark

February 28th, 2012
3:52 pm

@ CHIPPER DID IT:

Man, if I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times: LAY OFF THE BROWN ACID.

Mark (another one)

February 28th, 2012
3:52 pm

Hopefully Freeman’s right. Sometimes these guys have experience with recurring injuries and know how their body will react.

Also, remember that no player is going to risk making something minor into a nagging injury right now. It makes sense to be guarded right now while nothing’s at stake. The comments about steroids are just plain stupid.

smalltownbravesfan

February 28th, 2012
3:52 pm

we may get to see the TERD play some @ 1b now!!

honeybee

February 28th, 2012
3:53 pm

Why dont you guys take your steroids problem and send them to Ryan Braun?

smalltownbravesfan

February 28th, 2012
3:56 pm

Frank Wren: no need to call Brogna or Glaus. The crime dog already in uniform. only 50 or so right??? time for a comeback.

Frank Furter

February 28th, 2012
3:57 pm

James

February 28th, 2012
3:57 pm

You guys know this is a game, right?

Go Braves. See you opening day.

smalltownbravesfan

February 28th, 2012
3:59 pm

anyone got Julio’s number???

Heisenberg

February 28th, 2012
4:00 pm

As good as FF was at saving infielders from throwing errors last year, perhaps they could strive to do better so as to not put him in those spots where he could get hurt?

That said, I would have some concern about that kneecap. The ligaments that hold it in place have now been stretched twice and those things tend to stay stretched so it is not if it will happen again but when.

Mark (another one)

February 28th, 2012
4:03 pm

Dave: I agree with your comment about “fans’. I don’t understand those that read here that aren’t fans. Sometimes it comes across as a bunch of negative idiots.

The only serious injuries to date are Wilson and Hudson. Freemen needs to visit the doctor before we know what’s happenning and all the news about Hanson is good (an effectively in the past). Wilson knows how to field, and will be okay in a few weeks. Hudson is expecting to start on the DL and miss maybe the first month.

No one is lost for the season. I do wish we had some depth but who does? Nobody has a bench of starters. Budgets and the contract rules don’t allow the stockpiling of players.

Heisenberg

February 28th, 2012
4:03 pm

eastbound, my middle schoolers get home around 4:45…….those must be the 3rd graders

LostCause

February 28th, 2012
4:07 pm

Let’s start the game already .. before anyone else gets hurt! Get well fast! Go Braves.

Angel

February 28th, 2012
4:07 pm

HHoneybee, if this the vent, I would vote you up over and over again.

Frank Wren

February 28th, 2012
4:10 pm

Anyone have Julio Franco’s cell number? I know the guy can still hit. He won’t cost much either.

Smartman

February 28th, 2012
4:11 pm

Get Barbaro Canizerras

smalltownbravesfan

February 28th, 2012
4:13 pm

Hinske can play 1b for awhile until Freeman ready to go, but hopefully Freddie will not miss any regular season time. Like the “Mack trucks hustle and power but defense not anywhere as good but still nice to have Hinske available if needed

Heisenberg

February 28th, 2012
4:13 pm

Whatever happened to Barbaro? Not in Braves system anymore. That dude can rake.

Peter

February 28th, 2012
4:15 pm

Silly stuff….don’t these guys stretch ?

space monkey

February 28th, 2012
4:15 pm

Sign McGriff.

LenzoGorlomi

February 28th, 2012
4:16 pm

Hey DOB

Please unblock @LenzoGorlomi

honeybee

February 28th, 2012
4:16 pm

Hi Angel, Dont understand what you are telling me?

Winter of George

February 28th, 2012
4:19 pm

Is this a sophomore jinx like Heyward? Oh no….hope not.

Lee in S GA

February 28th, 2012
4:21 pm

injuries…just hope it don’t destroy this team this season..oh well guess ready Freddie can come up with a good excuse if need be

Reid in EAV

February 28th, 2012
4:23 pm

This post a sterling example of why I pay rapt attention to the blogs and try to avoid the comment sections.

The Bravenator

February 28th, 2012
4:34 pm

Calm down everyone. The injuries aren’t helping anything, but are hardly fatal at this point. Let FF heal properly and bring him along slowly. The bigger worry is Hudson’s injury because the Braves really need him at the top of the rotation. Experience counts. And stop the really stupid steroid and position shuffling comments. Worry more about the missing RBI bat in left field. Think!

honeybee

February 28th, 2012
4:36 pm

luv them braves

February 28th, 2012
4:37 pm

I went to several Spring training games two years ago. It was very obvious to my untrained eyes that the J Hey kid could NOT get to low and away fast balls. Kinda like Dale Murphy at the end of his career. Freddie slaps them to the opposite field all the time. Hopefully, they worked on that problem with Heyward this off season. Just saying

honeybee

February 28th, 2012
4:39 pm

Angel, please answer my question.

1eyedJack

February 28th, 2012
4:41 pm

Hey, let’s just shut it down until April.

The Crime Dawg

February 28th, 2012
4:41 pm

Wonderful, I can just hear the collar tightening. By not doing anything in free agency this will come back to hurt us!

Sid Bream

February 28th, 2012
4:42 pm

I would play on the cheap!

Paddy

February 28th, 2012
4:44 pm

Peter…….how do you stretch a knee cap?

ATL Fan

February 28th, 2012
4:45 pm

Has Julio Franco taken another sip from the fountain of youth?

Hetch Hetchy

February 28th, 2012
4:47 pm

how times did Lou Gehrig dislocate his kneecap? gee whiz

Frank Wren

February 28th, 2012
4:49 pm

Gee, if Freddie is hurt, that means our offense is dependent on Uggla (.232), a broken-down thirdbaseman, Jason Heyward (.216) and a catcher with vision problems.

I’d better make some calls. At some point I gotta part with all this young pitching I’ve been collecting !

Whitey

February 28th, 2012
4:50 pm

It amazes me how many baseball experts are sitting at home and putting in computer time because they can’t hold a job in the real world.

Skeezix

February 28th, 2012
4:52 pm

The “Chipper is fat” jokes have run their course; besides Chipper looks to be in great shape.

However, I really hope Freeman is not seriously injured.

mark

February 28th, 2012
5:00 pm

I hate to hear that about Freddie, unlike the other rookie phenom I think this kid has a real chance at being special. All in all it is tough to get excited about this year. I am very concerned with the health of Hanson and Jurgens and Hudson is already on the shelf. Plus with the way Gonzalez managed last year I hope he did not burn out Kimble and Venters. Chipper will be out soon enough!

Eastside Rambler

February 28th, 2012
5:02 pm

62nd! Can’t wait for the season to start. Hope Freeman’s knee heals quickly.

Al

February 28th, 2012
5:04 pm

There once was a 2nd year player who had a very nice rookie year, and was hurt
in 2nd season. This 2nd year player stunk up the joint after forgetting
how to hit ,after being rushed back by people who questioned if he was injured, lazy,
overrated,a bust, and anything else negative. So now we have another 2nd year guy
who had a very nice 1st season.I hope FF doesnt be out long,and I hope he comes
back with a good year . My question is if he takes to long to come back, will he get
rushed back,and if so,what if his mechanics are messed up from getting rushed back?
Will he get the same negative treatment as the previous 2nd year guy?

Eastside Rambler

February 28th, 2012
5:04 pm

@honeybee…I think Angel paid you a compliment. Like giving you a thumbs up.

honeybee

February 28th, 2012
5:05 pm

Mark, you forgot LF AND RF.

SquellyMcGruder

February 28th, 2012
5:09 pm

Hahahaha – Chipper # 2. Got’s to go down in April! Like any of this matters when you play on a third/fourth place club.

alanfalcon

February 28th, 2012
5:15 pm

Hanson, Wilson and now Freeman, I guess there is no use to get to excited just have to wonder who number 4 wil be and there is a major injury waiting to be exposed. I sure hope that this is not a carry over from the end of last season.

honeybee

February 28th, 2012
5:20 pm

Thank you Rambler,but I really dont know what I did good because in the past people complained about some of the remarks i have made.

CC

February 28th, 2012
5:21 pm

This you will never see –

A baseball player on a life-size poster with the title: ATHLETE

They’re about as out of shape, in general, as hunters and fishermen…. Oh, wait. They ARE hunters ad fishermen.

Frank Wren

February 28th, 2012
5:29 pm

LF ?

RF ?

1B ?

SS ?

double

February 28th, 2012
5:29 pm

Errors and Excuses.

bobbymahlon

February 28th, 2012
5:32 pm

If Hinski plays first our errors will double compared to when Freeman is in the lineup.

OldTimer

February 28th, 2012
5:34 pm

Freeman needs to stay out at least 3 weeks. Even then he needs to wear some modern day knee support thingy.

honeybee

February 28th, 2012
5:35 pm

Thats what i have been saying all along and other people complained. If they dont win it that is the first thing we will hear. We were hurt. SO IS EVERYONE ELSE. Suck it up, Shut up and lets play baseball.

CC

February 28th, 2012
5:35 pm

For all the bodily violence that goes on in football you don’t find 12% of the players dealing with injuries before meaningful practices have taken place. And what’s with the thighs, calves, ankles, and knees of baseball players? You don’t find start-stop-start-stop tennis players falling all over the place with leg injuries. That’s because the sport itself keeps the players in shape.

There is NOTHING about the activity and movement in the game of baseball that promotes a well conditioned body. It requires faithful and rigorous training habits to keep a baseball player in top strength and in A+ condition. And I doubt most players take training seriously either in season or out of season.

It’s a subject worth writing about in-depth, but I’ve never seen a writer take it on.

Too Tough

February 28th, 2012
5:35 pm

geeez…hope nothing serious…what conditioning program are these altheltes on?

Mark's for the Braves

February 28th, 2012
5:44 pm

Please keep FF off the field until he heals. We can’t have him missing regular season games with lingering affects from this knee injury. He is way too valuable to the team!

cowdogit

February 28th, 2012
5:49 pm

The pitchsr’s and players are showing up at camp completly out of shape.No respect for a manager that refuses to manage. He needs to lose his temper,and let everybody no whose the boss.

yogi

February 28th, 2012
5:53 pm

Im glad Brooks Conrad is gane

yogi

February 28th, 2012
5:54 pm

David O'Brien

February 28th, 2012
5:57 pm

The pitchsr’s and players are showing up at camp completly out of shape.No respect for a manager that refuses to manage. He needs to lose his temper,and let everybody no whose the boss. — cowdogit

Uh….

Bill

February 28th, 2012
5:57 pm

Agree with you DOB @ 3:47.
prayers for Freeman’s speedy recovery..he’s the man that makes Chipper, “Rev” and Uggla that much better by his defensive skills, pickin’em out the dirt. Best player on the team….

David the Shepherd

February 28th, 2012
6:00 pm

Got a feeling Freeman is the real deal and this is only a minor setback for him. He will be a face of the franchise for years to come. I also believe that Wren has another trade up his sleeve before Spring training ends. Fat Chipper jokes are still funny; they haven’t run their course just yet.

Bill

February 28th, 2012
6:00 pm

who’s out of shape? Most are in the best shape of their life.

Just Wanna Say

February 28th, 2012
6:04 pm

@Frank Wren

Are you asking who is playing there? Prado, Heyward, Fredie, and Pastornicky. Has DOB not made all of this clear?

Colin

February 28th, 2012
6:05 pm

He’s really done plenty for the franchise, but at times like these, I wish Chipper could also play 1B.

Chuck Simon's Barber Shop

February 28th, 2012
6:14 pm

Some of these comments are ridiculous.
I’m here in sunny Orlando and the Braves look good. They DO stretch, they are working hard in drills, and on the whole are serious concerning their coaching and work ethic. The chemistry is fantastic.
David Justice is adding something most coaches can’t – confidence born of the experience of a winner. He even took about 45 minutes after workouts to sign autographs and have an honest, sometimes funny, and really insightful interaction with us fans. Thing is, he listened, responded, and cared what our thoughts were. Very refreshing and I learned a lot about the story from his point of view. Truly a class act
The guys have been great to the fans, taking time and doing it right. DOB, we’d like to have said hi, but leaving tomorrow..
This team should be competitive and hopefully healthier. Baseball at DarkStar, 80 degrees, On the field by the players, life is good

GT Alum

February 28th, 2012
6:15 pm

DOB -

It is kind of concerning that he’s had this isuue again within 2 years of the last occurrence. Is there any theory as to why – something he’s doing or the joint’s been weakened – or do they consider it just coincidence?

eastbound and down

February 28th, 2012
6:19 pm

Heisenberg, I stand corrected. I think you are 100% right!

David O'Brien

February 28th, 2012
6:19 pm

Here’s our photographer Jason Getz’s gallery from today’s workout:

http://projects.ajc.com/gallery/view/sports/braves/braves-camp-022812/

lenzo gorlomi

February 28th, 2012
6:40 pm

Nice DOB… now if only you would unblock @LenzoGorlomi ……….

Jbailz

February 28th, 2012
6:44 pm

DOB – Seriously (about the fans comment), this blog is frustrating at times to the point of wanting to scream. Injuries happen, no one is showing up out of shape. Let’s just hope it doesn’t lead to anything major and he’ll be ready to come back soon.

GOP Cannon

February 28th, 2012
6:55 pm

Jack Wilson is out 4-6 weeks with a strained calf? Wow, that must be a tremendous sprain…

Angel

February 28th, 2012
7:03 pm

Sorry, Honeybee. I’ve been out all afternoon. The AJC has a sports vent and you can vote the submissions up or down, depending on how you like or not like. I like you, and am am sick of the negative comments about Chipper.

Derrick

February 28th, 2012
7:24 pm

Oh, boy–just when you were expecting everything to “fall into place” this season, then someone of the calibur of Freeman gets injured during ST. Great!

I didn’t realize until reading this blog that this was something that Freeman has had to deal with in the past, so let’s hope that it isn’t recurring.

Is there any word about the extent of the injury in broader details at this stage, or is it still being evaluated more fluently? I suppose a partial out-of-joint kneecap is better news than a full one. 3-4 weeks rehab?

phil

February 28th, 2012
7:48 pm

FF is about to receive a surgical recommendation….i’m guessing.

He will decline.

This will happen again soon.

FF is now officially as fragile as glass….like Chipper.

It’s gonna be a long one, folks.

AnOldViolin

February 28th, 2012
7:56 pm

Would love to hear from some of these doctors who know about these kind of injuries, and who can tell us why they occur, and how to train so that they are minimal. I too have to wonder if some of these folks don’t take good care of them selves during the off season ! Help me out doc ! What can the players do to stay in better condition ? Go Braves……….

KathyBaseball

February 28th, 2012
7:57 pm

You can tell “Chipper Did It”’s mom doesn’t let him on the computer often, he’s typing in all caps. Not one spring game has been played yet and already we’ve got “Freddie’s on steroids”, “players are out of shape”, and “fans” talking about *Jurgens* and *Kimble*, not to mention this future Jeopardy contestant —> The pitchsr’s and players are showing up at camp completly out of shape.No respect for a manager that refuses to manage. He needs to lose his temper,and let everybody no whose the boss. — cowdogit.

Commenting is a privilege, not a right, people! Be smart! Go Braves!

coach

February 28th, 2012
8:30 pm

Braves get big bat for lineup
Braves send JJ and Prado to Tigers for Cabrera, Cabrera will play left unless needed at first or third

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