Not sure if the elbow had anything to do with the Molina hit. (“I needed to be 6-7,” said Freeman, who’s 6-foot-5.) He throws right-handed, which means his glove was on his left hand, and the elbow in question was his right. But something was clearly off.
He was removed from a game against Washington on Sept. 15 because his elbow was hurting. He skipped the trip to Kansas City during the season’s final week. He pronounced himself ready for October, but you were never sure if he was telling the whole truth.
He’s the Braves’ leader. Of course he was going to play. Great players live for such times, but the Freeman of October 2019 wasn’t himself, which leaves us with another what-if in this club’s extensive series of postseason what-ifs.
Had Freeman’s elbow been free of loose bodies, would the Braves still be playing? Maybe. Possibly. All we know for sure is that the best Brave since Chipper had a series he’ll try to forget but never will. There is, however, one sliver of light. From the release: “Freeman is expected to be ready for spring training next season.”