LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Positive news on the Braves injury front: first baseman Freddie Freeman (knee) took batting practice Saturday and Tommy Hanson (concussion) will throw batting practice Sunday.
Freeman had no pain swinging the bat four days after partially dislocating the patella (kneecap) of his right knee. He hopes to do defensive drills Sunday and play Monday against Houston.
“I let it loose and I felt great,” said Freeman, who wore the neoprene-sleeve brace that he’ll wear beneath his uniform from now on. “I swung like I normally swing, I wasn’t even thinking about my knee out there.”
Hanson will face hitters Sunday at Braves camp for the first time since getting a Grade 1 concussion Feb. 20 when he blew a tire and wrecked his car driving to the opening workout of spring. The Braves hope to have him ready for the second time through the starting rotation in about 10 days.
Rookie Tyler Pastornicky went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in his debut as the Braves starting shortstop…. Jason Heyward went 0-for-2 and lined out to second base with a runner on in the second… Journeyman outfielder Jordan Parraz had the Braves’ only hit and also made a nice catch in right-field foul territory. Parraz, 27, hit .289 with a .362 OBP, six triples and nine homers in 2011 for the Yankees’ Triple-A team…. Pastornicky, Martin Prado and Matt Diaz are the only lineup regulars the Braves will take to Lakeland for Sunday’s game against the Tigers. Randall Delgado will start for the Braves against Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer. Scheduled relievers for the Braves include right-handers Julio Teheran, Jairo Asencio and Jaye Chapman, among others. Delgado and Teheran, competing for starting-rotation spots, will pitch two innings apiece…. The Braves are wearing their regular-season home white jerseys for home games this spring training. In the past they’ve worn the blue spring-training jerseys with white pants home and away, but this spring they will wear the blue jerseys only on the road…. A crowd of 8,593 showed at Champion Stadium on a sunny afternoon with the temperature in the upper 80s. The forecast for Sunday’s game at Lakeland is for a high of 66 degrees with thunderstorms and 60 percent chance of rain.