Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field with your Braves report.
Freddie Freeman is back in the lineup tonight against the Marlins after missing one game with eye trouble.
Freeman made his third visit to Braves ophthalmologist Alan Kozarsky this morning after being diagnosed with scratched corneas and microscopic abrasions on both eyes. He was given a new set of contact lenses, which he was still getting used to before the game. After sitting in the doctor’s office for 35 minutes to make sure he reacted well to the new lenses, Freeman sent a text message to Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez informing him he was able to return.
“All the scratches are gone,” Freeman said. “The abrasions are gone. Everything is good. I got lucky that nothing was serious.”
The first baseman had to come out of Monday’s game against the Reds with blurred vision in his right eye. He struggled with his eyes throughout the Braves’ last trip to Colorado, Chicago and St. Louis. He got to the point Monday night where he had changed contact lenses seven times.
Freeman expects to receive a pair of glasses tomorrow that he can use should winds cause problems with his contact lenses, something he believes caused the eye trouble that first began in Colorado.
“I will stick with the contacts,” Freeman said. “There was nothing wrong with my contacts before, I just had scratches on my eyes. That’s why I couldn’t see. I will go with contacts until the wind starts blowing in my eyes and I have to take them out.”
The eye issue was the reason for the day off yesterday, but Gonzalez said Freeman was due for a day of rest. Being out of the lineup was hard on Freeman.
“It’s not fun at all to sit in the dugout when you are groomed to play every day,” Freeman said.