The Braves placed first baseman Freddie Freeman on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning with a strained right oblique muscle and he’s not happy about it.
Freeman thinks he can continue to play through the injury, which he suffered during workouts last Sunday. He notes that he was on deck when Justin Upton hit a walk-off home run to defeat the Cubs on Saturday night. And he said he didn’t appreciate having to learn about the decision after the club already made it.
“I found out this morning when I walked in here,” Freeman said.
Freeman was still steaming as he vented to teammates just before he took the field to shag balls during batting practice.
Freeman, 23, was 7 for 17 with a home run and five RBIs through the first five games. Freeman winced and grabbed his side after hitting a single in the eighth inning Saturday night.
“His last at-bat you could see it twitch a little bit, so we decided to ‘DL’ him,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Braves general manager Frank Wren said the need to place Freeman on the disabled list was “pretty apparent” after doctors examined him late Saturday.
“Obliques are going to be a couple weeks at minimum and, if you are really lucky, you can get a player back right after the ‘DL’ stint,” he said. “But it’s not shortened any. Especially this early in the season, we are not going to take a chance to turn what could be a two to three week (injury) into a six-to-eight week by tearing that oblique area.”
Wren said the team considers the desire of players when it comes to injuries and appreciates that Freeman wants to play “but sometimes we have to protect players from themselves.”
Wren said it’s standard for the team to inform players of roster decisions when they first arrive in the clubhouse.