Freddie Freeman divulges that the left wrist he fractured in May is weak and that he feels like he’s swinging a “wet newspaper,” and the response from much of Braves Country is that he should be shut down for the rest of the season or at least a few days. To which Freeman has a simple reply: “That won’t happen. Dr. (Gary) Lourie asked me today to take a day off; I said Oct. 2 I’ll take a day off. If there was pain, that’d be a different story. There is no pain. I’m just not capable of what I want to do. Weak, not being able to produce like I want to, but I still think it’s good enough (to help the team). “If I’m 0-for-5, 0-for-6 every game and can’t catch up to 88 (mph pitches), then (maybe he’d rest). But right now I’m able to do decently. But I’m not going to shut it down. There’s no chance of that. The only way I’m going to shut it down is if I really break something again. That’s not me, I think everybody knows that. I think the fans should know that, too. I’m going to give it my all until I can’t go anymore.” He said this Sunday morning before the Braves’ series finale against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, where on Saturday Freeman went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, three RBIs, a walk and two strikeouts in a 14-12 slugfest loss. After that game he made the comment about the bat feeling like a wet newspaper, saying his wrist was weak and the lack of strength had sapped his bat speed, which he doesn’t expect to return until he has an offseason to strengthen it. But the fact remains, even with his wrist at 60-65 percent – that’s what he estimated Sunday, down from 80-85 a couple weeks ago – he still is the Braves’ most-feared hitter and best run producer. He’ll have the wrist examined Monday when the Braves are back in Atlanta after a seven-game trip, but Freeman is confident the exam will show the wrist is structurally sound. In his past nine games before Sunday, Freeman was just 5-for-32 (.156), but all the hits were for extra bases (three doubles, two homers) and he had seven RBIs in that span along with six walks and seven strikeouts. “There’s no pain. I just have no strength,” he said. “Doctor Lourie is going to look at it tomorrow. He’s been trying to get me to take a day off today, I said, no, I’ll take a day off Oct. 2. But he wanted me to take a day off today. I just said no. He’s going to look at me tomorrow to make sure everything is structurally sound, but I feel no pain. I get some aches here and there, but I just have to remind myself I broke my wrist three months ago, so I’m going to feel something here and there. But I feel fine, I just pick up the bat and it feels a little heavier than it used to. I just don’t have the strength.
Freeman’s wrist weak, but no way he’s going to ‘shut it down’
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Sep 4