“It’s tough. And to be honest, not every team is built around one guy,” Kelly Johnson said before the game Friday. “There’s a few. I played in Tampa and we had Evan Longoria — that’s the guy. … Obviously Cameron (Maybin) has done an unbelievable job stepping up for us. Guys are trying to figure it out, but (Freeman’s) too good. It’s tough to say whether you’d win more games if he was there. … But the guy’s too good. We miss him too much. We wish we had him and we hope we get him back.”
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he’s eager to see how Freeman’s wrist fares over the weekend.
“I think this weekend is going to be big for him in terms of where we’re at come Monday,” he said. “Can he go down to Orlando and start working himself into some kind of baseball shape. … Talking to him, he felt that (the wrist) is kind of turning the corner a little bit on him.”
Freeman suffered a bone bruise in his right wrist June 13 after an awkward swing in the ninth inning at Citi Field. He immediately felt pain in his wrist and said he could barely lift a bat the next day. But he tried to play through the injury before ultimately leaving the game in the seventh inning against the Red Sox on June 17.
An MRI scan June 22 revealed no broken bones, but the Braves put Freeman on the 15-day disabled list the following day, retroactive to June 18.