Freddie Freeman’s left hand was still sore on Friday so the Braves decided to give him another day’s rest in hopes that three days off will help his progress. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said this is the kind of injury Freeman will like have to deal with all season.
“It’s going to be one of those things that (trainer Jeff Porter) said it may linger all year,” Gonzalez said. “It’s up to him to try to play through it and (find a) comfort level and see how he feels.”
Against Baltimore left-hander Brian Matusz, Gonzalez gave Martin Prado his first start of the season at first base. Prado had played 52 games at first base, including 34 starts, getting the bulk of them in 2008 and 2009 when he was more of a true utility player.
Prado looked right at home already in the first inning when he completed a 3-6-3 double play behind Tommy Hanson. He did it using Eric Hinske’s glove. Prado had taken groundballs at first base during batting practice on Wednesday in case Gonzalez wanted to use him this way.
“I’m going to go out there and take a lot of groundballs and get the feeling again,” Prado said before batting practice on Friday. “Get some throws from the guys at short, third, and do my best.”