Freeman’s injured knee better a day later

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Freddie Freeman and the Braves breathed a little easier Wednesday after he woke   feeling better a day after partially dislocating his right kneecap.

The Braves didn’t think the big first baseman would be sidelined more than a week, and Freeman said he would try to get back to practice Friday and talk his way into the lineup for Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener against Detroit.

It was his second subluxation of the right patella in two years, and Freeman plans to wear a knee brace from now on.

He was hurt picking a throw during a defensive drill, the same injury  he had in May 2010 at Triple-A Gwinnett. After that injury he was back in the lineup one week later as a designated hitter and back at first base within two weeks.

“I feel a lot better today,” said Freeman, 22, who had been worried Tuesday after hearing his knee pop and seeing the patella (kneecap) slide to one side. “Yesterday I thought this one was a little bit worse, but when I got up this morning I was able to get out of bed without really any pain. I think I’ll be back sooner than we thought.”

He was examined immediately after the injury Tuesday and assured that the knee was structurally sound. Freeman was on crutches for three days when he hurt it in 2010. He walked without assistance Wednesday, albeit with a limp.

He was to have a precautionary X-ray and MRI on Wednesday afternoon.

“I’ve got a knee brace now that I’m probably going to have to wear for the rest of my career, because this is twice in a year-and-a-half and I just can’t have this happen again,” said Freeman, who is about 6 feet 5 and 240 pounds.

“I’m just glad it happened in the first few days and not going into the last week of spring training. I’m thankful everything is structurally sound down there and hopefully we’ll prevent this again in the future.”

Freeman, the 2011 National League Rookie of the Year runner-up, said his kneecap popped back into place immediately when he fell to the ground in pain.

“My kneecap went to the right side and then came back in, so it stretched all the ligaments inside. And that’s what is causing the pain,” he said. “I’ve got a little bruising right now, but we’re OK, hopefully coming back as soon as possible. I’ll probably try to come back in a couple of days, but we’ll see what happens.”

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said for the time being he would go with the one-week estimate he got from Braves trainers and not rush Freeman into the lineup, since it’s so early and he has plenty of time to get ready for the regular season.

30 comments Add your comment

Marvin Mangrum

February 29th, 2012
11:43 am

Buddy, its like being right there! Thanks!

markmjtx

February 29th, 2012
11:47 am

Good news Dave. There is a new shortstop and Freeman will be needed.

Felix

February 29th, 2012
11:47 am

Haven’t even started and now Freeman is hurt. And Hanson wrecks and he is hurt. And then there is Huddy’s bad back.
Great! Just great!

B_F52

February 29th, 2012
11:48 am

Hang in there kid

1eyedJack

February 29th, 2012
11:48 am

Just slap some jackass liniment on it and get back in there.

NOTTTTING EASSSYY

February 29th, 2012
11:48 am

DetroitBraves

February 29th, 2012
11:51 am

It’s Feburary 29th. Freddie may want to come back in a couple of days but I gotta think the Braves will be smart about this and hold him out a little longer. Plenty of time to get ready for opening day. But good news overall after a rough start.

Key West Conch

February 29th, 2012
11:56 am

Felix, chill pill Bro! Mishaps will occur to ALL teams. Be thankful that, so far, they look quite mild! Look at it this way, gives others a chance to show what they can do, and provides Fredi with, ultimately, more options over a long and, seldom, injury free season. Let’s just hope the boo boo’s stay in this classification.

Bill

February 29th, 2012
12:05 pm

Don’t rush it FF…we need you bad. Go Braves!

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

February 29th, 2012
12:07 pm

Felix, the sky ain’t falling son. Chill, it’ll be OK

Heisenberg

February 29th, 2012
12:31 pm

spray some windex on it

Disgusted

February 29th, 2012
12:35 pm

Have to agree with Detroit Brave and Bill, that the team should be smart about this and they will.

We need Tommy H and Freddie, and there is plenty of time to get em right.

So far from what I read all is good from Kris Medelen so far, and he is sort of a forgotten man. He should not be…..this kid will help in some role.

VinnyD

February 29th, 2012
1:01 pm

I have had that injury a few times. It hurts quite a bit. Particularly when the patella gets stuck and you have to get it back in yourself. The good news that it rarely causes long term issues. As long as the patella doesn’t chip off bone as it subluxes, he should be fine pretty quickly. He will probably wear a small brace from here on out that will not limit him much. It will have a semisolid cup on the outside so that if he gets to that extended position and externally rotates, that patella will have a wall against it. I have found that increasing elasticity of the fascia surrounding the area, particularly the IT band helps prevent the injury as well. Basically, some ice and rest for a short time and he will probably be just fine.

JMayne

February 29th, 2012
1:05 pm

IF Fredi G has any sense he will sit both Freddie Jr. and Big Red for at least the weekend, no matter what they both say. Its not even March yet, are you kidding me. Sit them for a few days. Hanson maybe more than that with all the players throughout all the major sports that are having lingering concussion sypmtoms. We need these players from July-October. Not for a March 3rd spring training opener.

Mark's for the Braves

February 29th, 2012
1:05 pm

Glad Freddie woke up feeling better. I’m in agreement with most of the bloggers here who think he should hold off returning for a week or so.

reckingball

February 29th, 2012
1:20 pm

It’s all good.

endless mike

February 29th, 2012
1:34 pm

@VinnyD a brilliant and useful comment, dude. always appreciate experience, logic, and sane explanations over histrionics. i spoke to my physical therapist today – rehabbing a new acl – and he said absolutely the sublux is not a big deal at all, just as you’ve explained it. he did tell me he’d encountered a high school kid who’s patella went all the way to the side and wouldn’t just pop back. somewhat ill-advisedly, a high school trainer massaged it back into position. that’s how things get done in the country. fortunately freddie freeman has better resources.

endless mike

February 29th, 2012
1:35 pm

* “whose”

Derrick

February 29th, 2012
1:43 pm

I just breathed a sigh of relief, and the engulfing winds of which had culminated since this injury, has produced thunderstorms for Georgia this day!

Great news. To be 22 and injury-prone isn’t something that we need, or any team needs, and is always an unfortunate scenario–somewhat similar to Jason Heyward last season.

Get 100% Freddie and Go Braves! Excited about this upcoming season.

braveshoo

February 29th, 2012
1:49 pm

I saw Mike Minor’s comment and the concern of some. In my opinion, the pitching staff this year will be Hudson, Hanson, JJ, Beachy, and Minor, with either Delgado or Tehran filling in for Hudson at the beginning of the season. However, Hudson is in the last year of his contract, and both JJ and Hanson are represented by Boras, so I could see us trading all 3 before the beginning og spring training next year. Our eventual starting rotation either in 2013 or 2014 will likely be Beachy, Minor, Delgado, Tehran, and Viscaino, with Medlin in the wings if anyone falters or gets injuried. We just dont have the TV money to sign the guys to big longterm contracts anymore.

invictus mon

February 29th, 2012
1:53 pm

I ran varsity cross country in high school for a team that won 3 public school state titles, and my knee went out about once every week to 2 weeks just like that. After my senior season I had it operated on, which cost me my appointments to the service academies. After 1 year at The Citadel, and 2 at the USAF Academy, of running it into the ground, it finally did it again. This time I had to have a ligament replaced and a screw put in, but it’s been great since. It’s not an injury that will ever fully leave him alone, but it is one that while he’s young, but don’t expect him to be able to apply the brakes very well. His lead off 1st will probably be marginal at best to prevent having to break back. He’s a tough guy and a gamer, I’m sure he’ll be fine.

Bama Mike

February 29th, 2012
3:15 pm

Wow from the looks of that photo he should be nick named “Pudge”. Between him and Chipper looks like we have a great softball lineup at the corners.

alanfalcon

February 29th, 2012
4:44 pm

I really hope that Freddie G. will use some common sense with the bullpen, the other issues will require a little time but he is in love with the pen and will overuse them if given half a chance.

Felix

February 29th, 2012
9:47 pm

I’m okay, just a little gun shy and paranoid after last year.

Bio

March 1st, 2012
12:03 pm

Hang in there ff, we need you all year, got to help the new guys. Good luck with the recovery.

Bill

March 1st, 2012
12:04 pm

Hang in there ff, we need you all year, got to help the new guys. Good luck with the recovery.

Bill

March 1st, 2012
12:05 pm

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Wade Blassingame's Ghost

March 1st, 2012
4:33 pm

A knee blow out is one wrong twist away and “Hello, Dr. James Andrews office, how can I help you? Oh, yes, we saw him go down on TV last night. We were expecting your call. We can see him at 2 p.m. today and operate Thursday at 7 a.m.”

I agree with most of you. I am pretty sure that Freddie G will err to the to a safe side like most have said it's March not September,The Braves have had some bad breaks the past couple of years. It takes a couple of years to develop a pitching staff like

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