Braves 1B Freddie Freeman has been having a fantastic season so far, but it’ll be a while before he’s able to continue it after suffering an injury in a recent game against the Blue Jays. He was hit in the left wrist by a pitch from Aaron Loup. The good news is it’s just fractured, not broken, and won’t require surgery. The bad news is that Freeman is still expected to miss up to 10 weeks as he recovers from the injury.
An MRI and CT scan revealed a nondisplaced left wrist fracture, according to a statement released by the Braves when Freeman was placed on the disabled list. The statement also explains that the 27-year-old will be in a cast for four weeks and could miss up to 10 weeks.
At the time of the mid-May injury, Freeman was leading the National League with 14 home runs and was near the top of the league in a number of other offensive categories. He was hitting .341 with 25 RBI, 35 runs scored, a .461 on-base percentage and a .748 slugging percentage. He was on pace to set career highs in several categories, but missing more than two months will obviously limit what his final numbers look like when the season ends in early October.
To fill Freeman’s roster spot, the team called up infielder Rio Ruiz from Triple-A Gwinnett and has signed veteran 1B James Loney, who hasn’t played a full season in Major League Baseball since 2014, when he was with the Tampa Bay Rays. Neither of those players will come close to matching the numbers that Freeman, who was having an MVP-like season, was putting up at the time he was placed on the DL.