Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field with your Braves report.
The Braves were also without first baseman Freddie Freeman Sunday night as he continues to battle blurry vision caused by dry eyes.
Freeman, who also missed Saturday’s game, told team trainers before the game he was still experiencing the issue. Eric Hinske started at first base.
Freeman has tried different combination of contact lenses, sports goggles, eye drops and diet to try to alleviate the issue, which first arose in Colorado at the beginning of the month.
“We are going to take our time,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “The doctor said it’s a process. It’s a process of getting the right glasses and the right contacts and the right mixture of [eye] solution. … He has to be patient. He can’t go through 12 pairs of contacts in one night. That isn’t going help.”
Both Under Armour and Oakley are working on a pair of prescription wrap-around goggles for Freeman that the team hopes arrive soon.
The Braves were hoping to have Orel Hersisher, in town as part of the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast, speak to Freeman. Hersisher said he experienced the same problem in 1998 with the Giants when he reported to his first spring training in Arizona.
“You have to find the right balance of how much fluid you need and it changes depending on what environment you are in,” Hershiser said.
Hershiser, who had a similar conversation with McCann when he had eye issues in 2010, passed along a tip he received to alleviate the issue. Hershiser learned to trick his body into producing tears by closing his eyes for five seconds and looking up, imitating what the eyes do during sleep. By quickly opening his eyes after the five seconds, the body produces tears similar to awaking from sleep.