Just after being selected into the All-Star Game by fans, first baseman Freddie Freeman suffered a thumb injury that would ultimately keep him out of the contest. While he wasn't able to represent the National League earlier this week, he is hoping to rejoin the Atlanta Braves over the weekend.
David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Freeman has been cleared to take dry swings and hit off a tee today. If the thumb responds well then Freeman is hoping to return to Atlanta's lineup Friday or Saturday.
Freeman was cleared by #Braves Dr. Lourie to take dry swings and hit off tee today. If responds well hopes to play Friday or Sat. (Carroll)
— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) July 18, 2013
Freeman suffered the thumb ailment while tagging out Cincinnati Reds outfielder Chris Heisey during Saturday's game. He recently said the thumb felt a little tight but otherwise great. For his part, he's hoping to be back in the Braves' lineup when the second half begins on Friday.
While he's only 23 years old, Freeman is in his fourth season with the Braves. He's posting a career-year, as he's hit .308/.386/.468 with 19 doubles and nine home runs over 352 plate appearances.
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