Freddie Freeman is expecting a shipment of prescription sport goggles from Oakley to arrive at 8 a.m. Wednesday, which means he could return to the Braves lineup as early as Wednesday night against the Cardinals.
“(Trainer Jeff Porter) said it’s going to take a good day of batting practice just to wear them and get used to them,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said after Tuesday’s game, when asked if Freeman would be back in the lineup Wednesday. “So we’ll see. I’m not ruling it out, but I’m not committing right now on that.”
Multiple sets of new contacts have irritated his eyes, so Freeman has been waiting on new goggles in the hopes they allow better peripheral vision than hastily-made glasses did.
Freeman has struggled with blurred vision and dry eyes since a May 4-6 series in Colorado. He’s hit .150 (9-for-60) in 16 games since and has been out of the lineup for the past four games to rest his eyes.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said a visit to Braves eye specialist Alan Kozarsky Tuesday confirmed that Freeman should continue with this course of action, resting his eyes from contacts and treating them with drops, until his sport goggles arrive.
Freeman expects another pair from Under Armour on Friday which he’ll test out in addition to the Oakleys to see which feel more comfortable.