Freeman’s goggles scheduled to arrive Wednesday – updated

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.

74 comments Add your comment

BravesfaninWis

May 29th, 2012
8:17 pm

This pitching staff just doesn’t get it. They finally score some runs for the starter then Delgado has to give them 2 right back. This is a prime example on why this team is a joke.

BravesfaninWis

May 29th, 2012
8:19 pm

I can just see it now, the Braves will lose by 1 run (if they are lucky) when they led 4-0. That about sums up this team.

go-BRAVOS

May 29th, 2012
8:51 pm

Henny penny the sky is falling. I know it’s an Atlanta sports team but at least wait til the give it away before bashing them about a loss. I feel your pain though, as a fan my whole life (34 years) I know what the outcome of the season will be but there is always that hope that this is the year. Of course I fully expect them to finish the season with a loss but one can hope.

Go Braves!

BravesfaninWis

May 29th, 2012
8:53 pm

Figures, they fight for a run, and Delgado gives it right back. Was anyone actually shocked? I actually called it. Pretty sad this team is that predictable.

BravesfaninWis

May 29th, 2012
8:57 pm

No, I hear ya man, its just highly pathetic this team can never put together a complete season and actually do something. Having been a fan my entire life, its past the point of frustration watching this team choke year after year. I do consider not making the playoffs or getting bounced right away as choking, which the Braves do a lot of.

Robert

May 29th, 2012
10:07 pm

BravesfaninWis, you do not sound like a Braves fan, and you don’t sound like you watched the game tonight. Shut your mouth.

Brent

May 29th, 2012
10:56 pm

I watched Venters exhale just like I did after that last out in the 7th! It has been awful this past week watching these guys! Im just glad to see them win!

VinceVanGo

May 29th, 2012
11:00 pm

We’ve had this with McCann(last year) and now Freeman. I’ve not heard of this with other teams. Is it too much dust in Atlanta or too much dust in the Braves club house? I only know that Ruth, Gehrig, Cobb, and Dimaggio didn’t have contacts, but it never stopped them from making contact.

addy

May 29th, 2012
11:23 pm

cry me a river. stop spitting into each other;s faces, disgusting humans.

Snarky in McDonough

May 29th, 2012
11:29 pm

Wow BravesfaninWis, you are awesome at predicting things!! Next I bet you will tell us all that FaceBook stock is going to drop. It’s a long season and an 8 game skid at the end of May is not the end of the world. I bet you will be one of the first ones after the Braves next 6 game win streak telling us that you never doubted them during the rough patch. Either be a Braves fan or don’t!! I am sick of fair weather fans. Become a Brewers fan why don’t you??

LensCrafter Mike

May 29th, 2012
11:33 pm

LensCrafters can make you some prescription sports goggles in about an hour.

LensCrafter Mike

May 29th, 2012
11:34 pm

THE ATLANTA BRAVES: Hellen Keller’s Team

LensCrafter Mike

May 29th, 2012
11:39 pm

THE ATLANTA BRAVES:
Pulled Over for DUI, but They Just Couldn’t See to Drive Without Their Goggles

Who Me?

May 29th, 2012
11:51 pm

just curious – how did he go from seeing just fine before the Colorado trip to not seeing well enough to hit after the Colorado trip? strange…..

YoungerThan ThatNow

May 30th, 2012
12:13 am

Anybody who has worn contacts over an extended period… I’ve been wearing them for nearly 30 years… is not surprised by this situation with Fredi Freeman, or with Brian McCann in years past. You wear the lenses and at some point you WILL have eye infections and irritation like these guys have experienced… just a side effect of having to wear them. Personally, I’ve had to go as long as a year having to wear glasses and just laying off the contacts completely.

Some will wonder why even bother with the contacts? Well, with the contact lenses your vision is as near perfect as it’s gonna ever be without corrective surgery… you can just see so much better than you can with regular eyeglasses. At least I can. And I know… I had to start wearing eyeglasses when I was 10 years old and that was over 40 years ago. It wouldn’t surprise me if Fredi is still having this problem in September… I hope not and I wish him the best with this thing.

LensCrafter Mike

May 30th, 2012
12:22 am

Did the thin air that Rocky Mountain-esque elevation dry out Freeman’s eyes and trigger the lingering irritation?

LensCrafter Mike

May 30th, 2012
12:23 am

I’d like to take Sofia Vergara to Turner Field and teach her about baseball.

KISS CAM CAMERAMAN, OVER HERE!!!!!!!!!

YoungerThan ThatNow

May 30th, 2012
12:27 am

BravesfaninWis… call yourself whatever you want to, but you’re anything but a Braves fan! And I thought you checked out a couple of days ago and weren’t coming back?!? Don’t make us all promises here that you don’t intend to keep! I’m with Snarky… I’m sick of fair weather fans too. Either get onboard with REAL Braves fans or find you a team that you can feel a whole lot better about… apparently, it’s not the Atlanta Braves!

VinceVanGo… here’s the answer to your Ruth, Gehrig, Cobb and Dimaggio question for you right here… 20/20 vision. They all had it and unfortunately not everybody does!

LFP6

May 30th, 2012
12:36 am

I dont think ANY of the ‘experts’ would have believed the way things have turned out here in the NL East. Anyway, the facts remain: Braves are not in first, but neither are the floppin’ Phils. The Braves are a mere 3 games out of first, and still with a whole FOUR MONTHS of baseball to play. So, we are by no means dead.

And with that said…..GO BRAVES!

[...] Freeman&#39s goggles scheduled to get there Wednesday Freddie Freeman is anticipating a shipment of prescription sport goggles from Oakley to arrive at 8 am Wednesday, which indicates he could return to the Braves lineup as early as Wednesday night time against the Cardinals. Many sets of new contacts have … Go through a lot more on Atlanta Journal Constitution (website) [...]

Disgusted Dave

May 30th, 2012
2:07 am

I agree with others ‘NotBravesfanwisc’ whatever is full of it, I’ve read his garbage for far too long, seasons back… Very negative knowitall. I love how he disappeared after the win too. With a lost, he’d been on here claiming he was miss Cleo & b****n even more. As to Freddie,, I also wear contacts & have terrble vision, & had random problems, infections, etc., & it has most def. affected me in the cage, & at least as bad on the golf course, & that’s looking at a stationary ball, much less 1 traveling 95 @ ure face. U guys should stop b****n about things u kno not about…stop hatin. Hope those goggles work Freddie, go bravos!

bravesgrl4life

May 30th, 2012
8:13 am

Here’s hoping the new glasses/goggles help Freddie return to Fab 5 status. I’ve missed him. Hinske is not an every day player and that is being proved in every at bat.

SavannahBravesFan

May 30th, 2012
8:59 am

I agree with most of you on this blog. True Braves fans may get disappointed, but never turn on their teams. Yes, it is a rough patch right now, but this team can easily turn it around! They WILL turn it around! If not, then I will still be watching them on tv and going to games to support my Atlanta Braves!

kwajbraves

May 30th, 2012
9:03 am

Freeman and McCann are giving the eyeglasses companies a welcome stimulus package. Just doing their patriotic duties of boosting the economy. :)

NotYou

May 30th, 2012
9:06 am

@BravesfaninWis – Go away. I understand you are probably 12 or 13 y/o but give it up kid. Take some time off from the hatin and try to support our team (not your team).

nick p.

May 30th, 2012
9:17 am

where was this problem last year? or the year before? how come something like this just pops up now? how come something similar happened two years ago to McCann? how come the braves are the only team to have two important players plagued with this problem? has any other team or player on another team have or had this probem in the last three years? why is this problem all of a sudden unique to the Braves only? why cant freddie tough it out? how come team doctors dont know about these possibilities until they are in the middle of it?

nick p.

May 30th, 2012
9:22 am

savannahbravesfan: where were you in the 1980s? i bet you would not say those blind loyalist comments in the 1980s! people like you are silly, we are just supposed to be raw raw braves no matter what the problem or how bad the display of professionalism on the field, real fans criticize and point out the obvious as well, its not just blind patritoism for the team regardless of let down after let down year after year, i do mean even during the 14 years of only winning the division and falling short again and again with out annual let downs! we praise when team is doing great and criticize when they stink it up, GET USED TO IT! these over paid babies need to know when they are horrible!

nick p.

May 30th, 2012
9:31 am

i dont know where some of you get this idea that fans have to act like obedient sheep and just say good things about their home team, thats just not honest! thats why i hate listening to 680 because they always try and tell you what you see is not really what you see! alos, they have ocntract with the braves which means they cannot be critical of the product or they will end up like skip and pete being kicked off the charter plane by the Braves!
good fans praise when things go wel, and do an honest criticism when team flops again and again, you dont have to like itm but it s right that every fan has, i also think it is more passionate and shows you care more when you are willing to call a spade a spade, to sit their and lie to your self and act as though nothing is wrong or that things are great when they are not is not being a good fan either, i prefer and honest fan over a hopeless optimist!

Tommy

May 30th, 2012
9:41 am

Good morning everyone. I see we still have a troll on here. What is your problem nick p.? Apparently you are on the wrong blog. This is Brave country. If you dont love our braves thru thick and thin, you are not a true brave fan. So just go away troll and let us enjoy our team. Shi Hu nick p.

[...] Freeman’s goggles scheduled to arrive Wednesday – updated | Atlanta BravesBraves 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. [...]

Gene

May 30th, 2012
10:20 am

When you pay $100 dollars for two tickets and some bad hot dogs, you have the right to criticize sloppy play. The Braves have played like zombies the last 10 days. This kind of play is not worthy of fan support. There is a difference in losing and lollygagging.

Tommy

May 30th, 2012
10:29 am

@Gene If you do not love the braves, then dont go. Save your money and go fishing. Go to a movie. Stay away from us brave lovers. You qare not a brave fan Go somewhere else troll. We dont want you in Brave country. Go Braves.

jt

May 30th, 2012
10:31 am

Wonder how much per home run Dan Uggla is costing the team, maybe 100 grand per home run? Good deal eh???

jt

May 30th, 2012
10:34 am

Don’t think I have ever seen headlines which say “Goggles to Arrive Wednesday”
Wierd!!!!!

Dwayne

May 30th, 2012
10:52 am

Please fire Don sutton!!!

goggleswhatgoggles

May 30th, 2012
10:52 am

jt-
You don’t judge a player by cost per home runs or a pitcher by strikeout.
You pay them for their overall impact on the team. You must be the type who questions the cost of everything in your life.
5 dollars for a hamburger……but it’s just beef and a bun why so much……
Your type in a retail world just makes everyone dislike you more

jerry

May 30th, 2012
11:06 am

I don’t know if Freeman has been sleeping in his contacts or not, but that can’t be a good thing for anyone’s eyes.

SavannahBravesFan

May 30th, 2012
11:22 am

Nick P, I was born in 79. I was raised outside ATL as a kid, brought up on the 80’s Braves. Enjoyed the 90’s and living through the 2000’s up and downs. Are the Braves always awesome, no! Do I go around saying these guys suck, let me know when they are good? No! I pull for them and hope they do good year in and year out. Fans do have the right to be upset about them losing, but to lose faith in your team when they are not doing good? That is a fair weather fan. Pulling for your team and expecting them to pull out of a funk is an honest fan. I am a proud Braves fan for life! I expect the Braves to win the WS every year and if they don’t, there is always next year! I am a true fan! I will be there cheering for them no matter what! I will wear my Braves hat proudly. Who do I cheer for? The Atlanta Braves! I am a true fan!

Tommy

May 30th, 2012
11:31 am

@SavannahBravesFan Very well said. You are a true and loyal fan. I am hoping I can buy a ticket and get on your bandwagon. Anya Hashimika Yobosayo!! Go Braves!!!

BravesfaninGA

May 30th, 2012
12:15 pm

We can rally around this team when we have a common enemy – and we found one: BravesfaninWis!

D.A. Nuggla

May 30th, 2012
12:37 pm

You guys are wasting your time on “BravesfaninWis”. He is actually a Brewers fan who doesn’t have anybody to root for since they are doing so bad. He is probably still PO’d at the Braves for leaving Milwaukee and taking it out on them here and now. Just ignore him or her.

Tommy

May 30th, 2012
12:45 pm

Thanks D.A. Nuggla. I will definitely ignore him, But he needs to go away permanently. I dont like the Brewers because they have a cheater and liar on their team. Moga Moga Chi Chi Miki lau so. That is what I think of him.

Lemke's Knuckler

May 30th, 2012
12:51 pm

VinceVanGo…”I only know that Ruth, Gehrig, Cobb, and Dimaggio didn’t have contacts, but it never stopped them from making contact.”

Back in 1921, Columbia University researchers tested Babe Ruth’s vision and found the Yankee slugger’s eyes worked about 12% faster than those of an average person. His vision is part of what set him apart. In those days, kid’s with poor eyesight probably never had a chance to make it as a hitter in the majors. Not a big deal for pitchers, but a hitter’s eyes are his livelihood. Here’s hoping Freddie gets it all figured out soon.

jt

May 30th, 2012
1:00 pm

Hey goggleswhatgoggles go “Brave” yourself!!!!!

Don Gurian

May 30th, 2012
1:04 pm

The real questions “Why don’t players who wear contacts have these goggles already and waiting in case of emergency”? These guys make enough money to spend a few extra dollars for JUST IN CASE!!! It is ridiculous that a guy loses a week of playing time for a pair of glasses.

Choppinmama

May 30th, 2012
1:10 pm

Those of you who have never dealt with contact/glasses/eye issues don’t have a clue. Dry eyes led to corneal abrasions from the contact lens sitting directly on the cornea. You can hardly open your eyes with the abrasions, much less recognize a pitch or put the glove right where the pick needs to be over at first. It’s an awful situation to be in.

You’d think Under Armor would have had their skeleton crew working over the weekend to get their famous client his goggles asap. Good luck Freddie. Gotta say lasik is the answer.

Big Wolf

May 30th, 2012
1:19 pm

Isn’t that eye doctor the SAME guy who did the Lasik surgery on McCann, which caused so much trouble? The same doctor who fiddled around for a long time with Brian’s dry eye problem? If you notice, McCann has NEVER been as good of a hitter since that episode, is still a good hitter but not what he was before (check the stats), My son wore contacts for years, had trouble with them (probably because he did not maintain them properly), and has never been able to wear them again. Also, he knows from playing tennis that his eye sight has never been quite as good as it was before this issue came up, sees OK but does not see the tennis balls coming at him as well as before. I HOPE Freeman’s career is not adversely affected by this.

Choppinmama

May 30th, 2012
1:31 pm

As you age, your eye muscles that help with focusing become less elastic. Just the aging process can affect your vision. Contacts are usually the answer, but a lot of other factors contribute to their wearability. Dry eyes is a hellish situation.

nick p.

May 30th, 2012
1:38 pm

whoopy dooo savannahmoron: i have been a fan since they moved here, i put up with them through thick and thin, aqnd that alone gives me the right to speak my mind, i have earned it, junior! i call it as i see it, you dont have to LIKE IT, matter of fact none of you have to llike it, i am not about to just say something that gets me thumbs up, or slautes from other commentors, matter of fact i dont care what most of them have to say, but as a fan of braves for nearly 40 years now, if i see crappy play i call them out on it, you dont have to like it, matter of fact no one post here because thay have to pleae the fool called savannah!

Tommy

May 30th, 2012
1:44 pm

@nick p YOU ARE NOT A TRUE BRAVES FAN!!!

nick p.

May 30th, 2012
1:44 pm

if i were the braves i would also waive matt diaz and keep constanza permanently or bring up a hot bat from minors who plays outfield, for the life of me i dont know why the braves are so fascinated with a below average player like diaz, and i dont care if he hits a homer tonight or not either, in the long turn he is a below average player, below in hitting, fielding, throwing, kind of reminds me of klesko in the outfiled, not even the right body type for an outfielder, looks more like a catcher!

nick p.

May 30th, 2012
1:48 pm

hey tommy, if a true baraves fan means someone who lies to himself and tries to spin things positively when they are not then you are absolutely right, i am not a lying, delusional, and excuse making fan! i look at things honestly and form an opinion, you were probably one of those fans who watched down to the last game along with leo mazzone saying we got them right where we want them as we lost our way out of the wild card, i am not that fan, if you want honesty and true anaysis you can talk to me, if you want me to lie and be a blind sheep fan, then you will be sorely disappointed!

Tommy

May 30th, 2012
2:06 pm

If you dont love the Braves unconditiuonally, you are not a true fan. It does not do any good for you to say what you would do because they wont do it anyway. Your right. I am an unconditional fan. They could go 0 and 162 and I would still love them. That is a fan. Not someone who continues to complain and voice an opinion that wont be done anyway.

nick p.

May 30th, 2012
2:22 pm

you are a follower and all of your life you will only be a follower, its pretty pethatic, i am a fan of braves, but braves dont own me, i think independently, and voice independent opinions that are not always favorable towards the team, after all the braves are a business and are there to make money, you are a robot who thinks that being unconditional means you cant question things or be critical, like i said before being a fan of this team for nearly 40 years has earned me the right to call out things for what they are, i think your own lack of knowledge about the game perhaps makes you think you are being an unconditional fan, but its not! but really if you had the passion for the team and the braves then you look at thing objectivly and see it the way many of us see it!

Casey

May 30th, 2012
2:23 pm

@BravesfaninWis

You should change your name to LoserinWis. Have you never watched a baseball game for a whole 9 innings before? Are you 12 years old? Go back to your X-Box. The grown-ups are talking.

Tommy

May 30th, 2012
2:36 pm

If you think that you can do a better job. Why arent you the GM? If you think you know so much, why dont you by the team. Then they would finish dead last every. 40 yrs doesnt make you knowledgeable and it definitely does not make you a TRUE bRAVE FAN. yOU ARE A FAIR WEATHER Fan.If they dont do good you make changes. That is not a TRUE fan. Love them as they are. Win or lose. stay with them and qit complaining like you have for 40 yrs that has done you absolutelyno good. Go fishing, go to a movie. Just be a TRUE fan qand quit griping. MOGA MOGA CHI CHI MIKI LAU SO

bvillebaron

May 30th, 2012
2:36 pm

nick p.

Congratulations on being a Braves fan for almost 40 years. I have been one for over 50 years. You and BravesfaninWisc are free to post whatever you want on this and any other blog about the Braves or any other subject for that matter. On the other hand, when you and others make critical comments that are not well informed or based on the superior knowledge which you claim you possess and others lacks and resort to name calling to buttress your opinion, it does just the opposite IMHO.,

nick p.

May 30th, 2012
2:48 pm

fortunately for most fans tommy boy, you dont get to decide who is a real fan who is not, matter of fact your opinion means as little to me as that of bvillebaron, i do not need to prove my self to anyone especially a mental midget as your self, i form my opinions based on facts and evidence, i see it then i say it, you dont have to like it, this whole thing got started by you attempt to silence people in this comment board, i dont like it when people like you try and define what a fan is and what a fan is supposed to say, keep your autocratic thoughts to your self, if you have an opinion like i do express it, but do not belittle others for having more critical opinions than your rigid deifintion of fan allows, this is the AJC, news paper, and last time i checked it was sport comment board where people express opinions and are bound to your childish definition of “braves country” where everyone states positive things and turns a blind eye to glaring issues because in your five year old mentality fans cannot be critical, so stop your whinning about what other people’s opinions are and move on with your life!

Tommy

May 30th, 2012
2:56 pm

You are such an idiot. I am going to put you on ignore.

SavannahBravesFan

May 30th, 2012
3:12 pm

Well, Nick P, you may be much older than me, but apparently you are less mature. Really? You have to resort to name calling? Good job.

Snarky in McDonough

May 30th, 2012
3:24 pm

Nick P. Time to come clean. You say you have “been a Braves fan since they moved here”, and in the same rant you say “being a fan for almost 40 years…”. Which is it? The Braves moved here in 1966. That was 46 years ago. You are contradicting yourself bro.

bravesfan326

May 30th, 2012
3:24 pm

You guys kill me. Where is your loyalty. I stand by the Braves day in and day out, win or lose. They are you’re hometown team and I am thankful they are here in Atlanta, even when they lose. I bet you guys that cut them down when they lose will be the first one’s hollaring about your team and how great they are when they are in the playoffs! You can’t call yourselves true Braves fans.

SavannahBravesFan

May 30th, 2012
3:41 pm

Amen bravesfan326!

SavannahBravesFan

May 30th, 2012
3:59 pm

Fanatic (according to merriam-webster): marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion

Bob the Blogger

May 30th, 2012
4:56 pm

I agree with Mr. Gurian – every player who wears contacts should have a pair or two of these glasses. Even if they keep them in Atlanta, they can be flown overnight to the player if they’re on the road. Maybe the glasses won’t work out, but the cost vs. potential benefit makes it a no-brainer.

DangGenius

May 30th, 2012
5:00 pm

This would be a great time for Freeman to start regularly taking the first pitch. Perhaps not ruling out a down-the-middle mistake… but otherwise taking that first one.

Tommy

May 30th, 2012
5:44 pm

@SavannahBravesFan I am back. Sorry I left but I was called wsome things that were not true. I am not old enough to compete with you guys knowledge. I just know how I feel about the Braves. I would like to apologize for my actions.

nick p.

May 30th, 2012
5:54 pm

he snarky, its really not that hard to figure out, its simple math, i know you can do it!

Tommy

May 30th, 2012
6:06 pm

Sayonara everyone, May God be with you! Have Peace!! Go Braves!!! This includes you nick p. Miki Lau So to you.

nick p.

May 30th, 2012
8:43 pm

keep it to your self!

Snarky in McDonough

May 30th, 2012
10:34 pm

Your right nick! I can do the simple math, YOU can’t. I’m just curious, have you been a fan for 40 years , or as long as the team has been here???

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[...] explained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Carroll Rogers, doctors advised Freeman to sit out to give the eyes rest from wearing contacts, while also [...]

[...] Freeman&#39s goggles scheduled to get there Wednesday Freddie Freeman is expecting a shipment of prescription sport goggles from Oakley to get there at 8 am Wednesday, which signifies he could return to the Braves lineup as early as Wednesday night time in opposition to the Cardinals. “(Coach Jeff Porter) stated it&#39s going to … Study more on Atlanta Journal Structure (weblog) [...]

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