“After the first game in New York, the wind was blowing straight in, it dried my eyes out,” Freeman said. “And I felt it a little bit in the second game, but I was able to get some hits that day (going 3-for-4) so I was like maybe it’s in my head. Then the next day it was a little worse.”
On Monday, Freeman said five minutes before he took the field against the Marlins, his left contact broke in his eye. Trainers were able to get the rest of it out, give him some drops, and he played, but Freeman went 0-for-9 with four strikeouts the first two games of this series, his first two hitless games of the year.
Freeman, like Brian McCann, has battled vision issues over the years. They were exacerbated for Freeman during a trip to Coors Field in May of 2012, when windy conditions caused him major dry-eye problems. Freeman struggled much of that season finding suitable eyewear. He eventually settled on a specific kind of contact lens that helps his eyes stay moist and then he wears non-prescription wrap-around glasses in the field to protect his eyes from wind and irritants.
Freeman doesn’t like wearing glasses at the plate because he doesn’t want anything obstructing his peripheral vision.
Freeman has not a missed a game this season.