Freeman says his knee ‘feels great’

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Freddie Freeman knows there is concern about his right knee – but he’s getting a little tired of talking about it.

It’s time to get about to the business at hand.

Freeman made his first spring training appearance of the season Tuesday in the Braves’ 5-2 loss to the Nationals in a Grapefruit League game. The first baseman has been limited since he suffered a partially dislocated knee cap during a fielding drill last week. Freeman played first base for four innings with two-at bats – although he wanted one more.

“Hopefully it ends soon, I get a few games under my belt with no problems and we can move past this,” said Freeman, who tried to talk manager Fredi Gonzalez into another plate appearance. “My knee feels great right now.”

Freeman will get that extra at-bat on Wednesday when the Braves play the Tigers in Lakeland. Gonzalez said he may play Thursday against the Orioles in Sarasota as well. Freeman hit into a fielder’s choice and flew out to center field Tuesday.

The Braves hit leader last season was most concerned about pushing off first base while holding runners on. He said that wasn’t a problem.

“I felt good,” Freeman said. “I had no problems. I wasn’t even thinking about it. I’m not going to go out there if I didn’t feel like I could do it. It felt good swinging. It felt good fielding. I was able to come off the bag when holding on runners and go back just in case there was a throw back.

“I think the first time I held a runner on, jumped off and then pushed back that was what I was most concerned about. … It held up [Tuesday] after doing all the workouts in the morning. We’ll see how I react [later Tuesday] and tomorrow.”

What Freeman has not done yet is pick a low throw, the play on which he was injured. He said he worked on simplified version of the play during a drill. He does not anticipate an issue.

A new protective sleeve he will wear on the knee has helped. Freeman said he replaced a bulky brace with a protection that offers more comfort and better mobility in his right quad muscle.

“We are just going day by day,” Freeman said. “Today I felt great so hopefully it doesn’t do anything crazy and swell up on my tomorrow.”

The original diagnosis called for Freeman to miss one to two weeks. He was back in seven days after suffering the injury on Feb. 28.

“That was perfect for him to do all his pre-game stuff and get two at-bats,” Gonzalez said. “Now we will move forward. Hopefully he plays a couple days in a row. … He wants to play and those are always good signs.”

Freeman finished second behind teammate Craig Kimbrel in the National League Rookie of the Year voting after last season. He hit .282 with 21 home runs and 76 RBI in 157 games. His .996 fielding percentage was fifth among NL first basemen.

23 comments Add your comment

urban redneck

March 6th, 2012
4:43 pm

first is dumb.

Go FF!!!

Dawgdad (The Original)

March 6th, 2012
4:46 pm

Freddie is the man, just get on with it, he says. Wish more had his attitude on the Bravos.

ohhhhYEAH

March 6th, 2012
4:51 pm

Freeman says “he” knee? You mean HIS, right?

Stinger2

March 6th, 2012
4:53 pm

It won`t be long (maybe the next post) before all of the naysayers will start bashing the Braves and predicting
a fourth place finish in the NL East because they lost another meaningless exibition game today.
b

Mister Frisky

March 6th, 2012
5:13 pm

Bring back the Astros.Oh yeah,4th place.

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Whitey

March 6th, 2012
5:54 pm

Spring training is to work things out and winning and losing are not important.. The regular season is when it’s important to hit, pitch, and win games. Till then I support Fredi and his coaching crew.

Mark (another one)

March 6th, 2012
6:29 pm

I need to join the bretheren. Freeman needs to be sent on a rehab assignment to Florida. Send Hanson with him. Also, I understand their are some cheap Japanese pitchers available to replace Hudson, JJ and Beachy. No reason to keep these clowns.

Uggla needs to leadoff, and Broun should hit ninth so Uggla can drive him in. We should also convert McCann to a SS since playing catcher will destroy his knees, and we need a proven major leager at SS. Boy, this managing from the Blog is easier than I thought.

Eddie Matthews' Ghost

March 6th, 2012
6:33 pm

Hhhhhheeeeeyyyyyy Braves LOSE AGAIN!!! In perfect SEPTEMBER form!!!! Way to go Freddie. You got the team stinking early this year!!! Woooooo Hooooooo!

Rick

March 6th, 2012
6:45 pm

“Bring back the Astros.Oh yeah,4th place.”

You mean the team that beat the Nats in two games including a 10-2 blow out?

reckingball

March 6th, 2012
7:00 pm

Braves are going all the way this season. WS winners.
go braves!

B-F_52

March 6th, 2012
7:49 pm

What reckingball said

Virginia brave

March 6th, 2012
8:22 pm

What B-F_52 said.

John Pappadoppagapoulas

March 6th, 2012
8:42 pm

what Virginia brave said

Felix

March 6th, 2012
10:04 pm

Geeezzzz………………….

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March 6th, 2012
11:41 pm

What’s the main blog?

Tom

March 6th, 2012
11:42 pm

stinger the braves losing to the nats will happen a minimum of have the games they play during the regular season

Lonnie Donnegan

March 7th, 2012
1:04 am

Hope Freeman isn’t rushing back too soon. I kind of wish they would’ve gone ahead and given him a few more days just to be extra cautious. He’d still have plenty of time to get ready.

Bobcat

March 7th, 2012
10:17 am

I much prefer to have the stuffing beat out of us in ST rather than the regular season. Just remember that ST is to evaluate talent and assemble the best talent that you have in preparation of the regular season.

John A.

March 7th, 2012
11:14 am

If the Braves didn’t need re-tooling, why is it they still can’t score runs? All the other Teams seem to be able to score at will. We

reckingball

March 7th, 2012
11:46 am

The Braves are saving those runs for the regular season, no need to waste them in games that don’t count.

Disgusted

March 7th, 2012
10:14 pm

I get that Freddie wants to play and not want to talk about his injury, but the Braves are smart to keep it careful.

We need ya Freddie.

BTW, the 1-4 record in ST means nothing right now & the run scoring, well if this continues through the 10th game of the real season then I will be worried.

Early ST means zilch. I do want positive results and vibes late in the ST as the team hesds North.

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