After sitting out the brief two-game series in Kansas City, Freeman feels rejuvenated. He didn’t swing during his break and returned to the batting cage before Friday’s game. And as Freeman noted, the four-day rest has allowed him to straighten his right arm without any pain for the first time in “a month or two.”
“He feels like he’s good to go for two more months,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “If you played baseball, you probably have spurs, too. It’s a very common thing for baseball players. If they get in the wrong spot, they can be painful. Those things you can always play through, but sometimes they lock up and you have to back off a bit. That’s where we were the last couple times.”
The Braves wanted him to play two of the final three games in New York, though Freeman hopes to play in all three. The weekend in Queens could serve as a nice appetizer for the postseason, with the Braves slated to face starters Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard.
Freeman has hit .296/.391/.555 with 38 homers and 121 RBIs across 155 games. He enters Friday three RBIs behind Washington’s Anthony Rendon for the MLB lead.
“I feel the best I have in a while,” Freeman said. “I’m looking forward to this weekend.”