Freeman played through the pain, as he has throughout his career, but struggled mightily in the postseason. He went 4-for-20 in the National League Division Series, in which the Braves were eliminated by the Cardinals. The doctor told Freeman had the Braves advanced, his cracked bone spur would’ve soon broken and ended his season. Freeman had surgery in October.
“Four and a half months ago he had surgery,” Snitker said. “It’s just one of those things where he’s doing more now on a consistent basis than he did prior. I don’t know that it’s anything to be alarmed about. Glad it happened in February rather than the end of March.”
Last month, Freeman said this past offseason was his first without pain in nine years. When he arrived at camp just over a week ago, he was all smiles, reporting a clean bill of health.
"I feel great," he said. "One-hundred percent. Ready to roll. Doc said I'm good for 500,000 more miles. I'm good for the long haul."
Yonder Alonso replaced Freeman at first and was listed as third in the order against the Twins. Outfielder Marcell Ozuna, the team’s biggest free-agent acquisition, made his spring debut and was fourth in the order.