Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman could barely contain his excitement Monday after being activated and penciled into the lineup against Colorado at Coors Field, where he’s homered in three of his past four games.
Then the game got postponed because of snow. Freeman was left to bounce around the clubhouse and presumably the team hotel, burning off energy until Tuesday’s split doubleheader at 3:10 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. Eastern Time.
“I’ll just have to wait for tomorrow,” said Freeman, who spent 15 days on the DL recovering from an oblique strain. “Unfortunately (the game got postponed), but it’s hard to play in the snow…. I’m off the DL. I’m excited still, even if it’s canceled.”
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and Freeman said there would be no restrictions on the first baseman in Tuesday’s doubleheader, which will be played in temperatures near freezing and possibly snow showers during the opening game.
“I’m ready to go,” said Freeman, who went 5-for-10 with two doubles in three rehab games at Triple-A Gwinnett. “I’m just happy to be here. Those last 15 days have been hard, watching the team on TV. So it’s just nice to be here.”
The Braves are happy to have him. They hit .157 and totaled three runs while losing three in a row at Pittsburgh through Sunday. Now they’ll welcome back Freeman, who was 7-for-17 (.412) with a homer and seven RBIs in the first five games this season before going on the DL.
He has a .406 career average (13-for-32) at Coors Field with three doubles, a triple, four homers, 11 RBIs and a .938 slugging percentage in six games. But while he’s thrived at Denver, it’s also where his dry-eye condition became a major issue last May, when the thin air and windy conditions caused him fits and he eventually had to sit.