Freddie Freeman plans to use the offseason to rest his sore finger and to weigh the option of having Lasik surgery on his eyes.
Freeman just turned 23 and is two or three years away from an age where doctors typically recommend Lasik. Freeman also watched Brian McCann struggle with his own outcome from Lasik surgery in recent years. But Freeman, who started having vision problems in the dry air of Colorado during a series against the Rockies in May, said he continued to have problems right up until Friday’s game against the Cardinals.
“It’s just so frustrating,” Freeman said. “Even (Friday) I went in after my first at-bat; I put three new contacts in my left eye. It’s just really frustrating because I can’t get it to where it’s comfortable every single day.”
Freeman said he plans to have two more cortisone shots in his index finger, which he injured in June in Miami after getting hit by a Jose Reyes throw sliding into second base. He said with rest it should be OK by the time he starts swinging a bat again in January.
Hinske says good-byes
Veteran bench player Eric Hinske said plenty of heart-felt goodbyes to his Braves teammates Saturday, under the assumption that he likely won’t be re-signed.
Hinske, 35, struggled in his third season with the Braves, hitting only .197 (26-for-132) with two home runs on the season, both career-lows. Hinske hit .140 (8-for-57) with 17 strikeouts as a pinch hitter. He continued to hold a leadership role in the Braves clubhouse despite his struggles.
“I was a big part of this clubhouse, and it was a good three years,” Hinske said. “Sad to be going. It’s part of the game, part of the business. Just look forward to the next chapter wherever I’ll be next year. (This is a) great organization, great people in the organization, some of my best friends I’ve ever met on the team. We’ll see what happens.”