Braves hope Freeman will return from upper respiratory infection quickly

Atlanta Braves' Jorge Soler and Freddie Freeman celebrate after Soler's home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Edward Pio Roda)

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Atlanta Braves' Jorge Soler and Freddie Freeman celebrate after Soler's home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Edward Pio Roda)

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Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman exited Saturday’s game after one inning as a precaution with an upper respiratory infection.

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“Not good,” manager Brian Snitker said when asked how Freeman was feeling. “I’m hoping he’ll be available tomorrow. He wasn’t feeling great before the game but (he wanted) to play. After he got out there and started running around, he wasn’t feeling good.”

Freeman flew out to center in the bottom of the first in his only at-bat against Washington at Truist Park. The Braves fell to the Nationals 3-2 after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth.

Freeman, the reigning National League MVP, is hitting .296/.396/.506 with 24 homers and 63 RBIs this season. He’s played in 110 of the team’s 111 games.