Braves’ Hart says Freeman may not return by August

Freddie Freeman, who has been out since mid-June with a right-wrist injury, may miss another two weeks. (Curtis Compton, compton@ajc.com)

Freddie Freeman, who has been out since mid-June with a right-wrist injury, may miss another two weeks. (Curtis Compton, compton@ajc.com)

Freddie Freeman, who has been out since mid-June with a right-wrist injury, may miss another two weeks. (Curtis Compton, compton@ajc.com)

The Braves have no shortage of problems going into the second half of the season, most stemming from continuing bullpen problems and the season-ending injury to closer Jason Grilli. But the team’s offense also has struggled with the absence of first baseman Freddie Freeman (wrist injury) and the first baseman may not be back any time soon.

The Braves had hoped Freeman would return immediately after the All-Star break. But John Hart, the president of baseball operations, said: “It’s more serious than we expected. I’m hoping he’ll be back before the first of August but he may not be. He’s working hard to get back but it’s a slow-healing injury and it still gives him pain when he swings. He dinged it, played four or five days with it, and we have him a few days off. We gave him an injection and thought he would be back in two or three days but it was no better. We did further tests and found it was more serious than we thought.”

The comments came during part of a larger Q-and-A I did with Hart that will run online Thursday and in Friday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Freeman, who has a bone bruise in his right wrist, is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday, when the Braves’ resume the season with a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs. He went on the disabled list retroactive to June 18 and has missed 23 games. If Hart is correct, he will miss at least two more weeks.

Assistant general manager John Coppolella said last week, “The hope is that he’s back the second half of the season, but it’s kind of a day-to-day thing. We can’t say for certain. I don’t see it going past the trade deadline (July 31). I could see it being as early as right after the break, the first game. I think it’s going to be somewhere in that two-week window. That’d be my guess.”

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DawgDadII
DawgDadII

I stop short of signing on that it doesn't matter if Freddie is healthy and playing this summer or not. It matters to him personally, his teammates, players whose contracts might be traded as the dominos fall, and to the fans who might have to suffer through more at-bats by the AAAA players plugged into the lineup. Just hope he ultimately recovers fully and this does not derail his career.

SweetgaT
SweetgaT

Bone "bruise". "... worse than we thought." 10 to 1 he's looking at a tendon transplant. And, as much as I don't think many managers could have managed their way out of this season, this one's on management. They know Freddi and his work effect. He plays too much often at the cost of a "ding" or two. Ball players have aches and pains. Not to proactively have these players being evaluated constantly is a lackadaisical inefficiency that's going to come back to haunt them. Transfers are successful little things if we are talking about movement, maybe catching and throwing, hitting a 98 mph fast ball could be another thing entirely. Praying - a whole lot for FF5 and his career. 

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

Stick a fork in the season - it's done!

HUDDYS1FAN
HUDDYS1FAN

Well, this basically means they have no shot at competing without Freeman. Next......FIRE SALE!

Can'o'corn
Can'o'corn

They are resting him until they find that CY Young potential single A pitcher to trade him for.  Too bad there isn't a fast forward button to get to football season.

Wilbo
Wilbo

When John Hart said, "....... found it was more serious than we thought”was he talking about Freddie Freeman's wrist or the state of decrepitude of the entire organization?


Just curious.

escapeplan
escapeplan

a "bone bruise"?  That's what's keeping him on the DL.  His wrist has a bruise?

David D.
David D.

Congrats to A.J. Pierzynski being traded to the Seattle Mariners

-sting-
-sting-

infra-red laser it. back in three weeks.

RogerBurke
RogerBurke

I look for the braves to trade freeman


POV1948
POV1948

I'm guessing any position player over 25 is available but I hope Maybin stays. 

mikeo76
mikeo76

I have lived in many cities in my life time (and I have been a Braves fan since I was much much younger), but local Braves "fans" are some of the worst I have ever seen.

LegalBeagle3
LegalBeagle3

@wmoore0525 @DawgNole @mikeo76 Hows about a little perspective for your simple-minded and cliched retort.  Yes, I'm sure that the biggest loser of a franchise in all of sports which has not even sniffed greatness for the better part of a century would love to have the one championship.  But, paraphrasing an article I read earlier today regarding NFL teams with playoff droughts: there's not winning at all (see e.g. Oakland Raiders over the last decade), and then there's not winning in the playoffs (See e.g., Kansas City Chiefs)--they are two totally different types of very bad.  We had 15 friggin chances with one of the best teams in baseball--some of them near the best in the history of baseball.  And yet we got more humiliation than victory.  Will cherish 95 forever, but wouldn't wish my sports-related heartaches on even the most despicable NY fan.

Hammerman
Hammerman

Have surgery and sit out next season as well.No point in rushing back to be part of this pig screw.

satan
satan

Bye Maybin..it's been fun. Bye Jim Johnson, Jose Uribe...


Bring on 1987!!!

ChefTimDix
ChefTimDix

There is no reason for FF to return this season AT ALL. Hart knows that the pain of the retooling process is about to come to pass and FF paycheck is not a hindrance to the plan. His productivity in Hart's vision begins at the All Star break next season when the Braves must have a convincingly winning second half to put butts in those Cobb county seats.


I with Hart if this is the case.