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MLB Injury News:
The Atlanta Braves got outfielder Justin Upton back in their
lineup last night after he missed a few games due to a calf injury. While they
were still without fellow regulars such as Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman,
the pair has progressed to the point where manager Fredi Gonzalez believes they’re
all close to rejoining the team, according to Brian Hedger of MLB.com.
Gonzalez told reporters that Freeman continues to progress
in his recovery from a thumb injury, adding that he’s hoping to have his first
baseman back today.
"Freddie Freeman just came out of the batting cage and
had a big smile on his face," Gonzalez said before the game. "This
was the first time he's swung the bat since the injury on Saturday, so he's
going to take some [batting practice) and hopefully he'll be ready to go
In Freeman’s absence, the Braves used Joey Terdoslavich at
first last night, with Evan Gattis getting the nod at designated hitter. Like
Freeman, Heyward – who was replaced in the outfield by Jose Constanza – said
that his recovery process is going well and that he hopes to rejoin Atlanta’s
lineup at some point this weekend against the Chicago White Sox.
"This is the best I've felt [since getting hurt],"
he said, before going through running exercises and batting practice for a
second straight day. "I ran [Thursday] and I felt it a little bit. That's
enough to say, 'OK, not just yet,' but it's been getting better every day,
improving. [I've] got to be smart about it, but I'm really close. Every day it
feels better once I get to the field and get loose. It feels that much better,
so soon … real soon."
Considering Upton, Freeman and Heyward all appear set to
avoid stints on the disabled list following their injuries, the only regular
Atlanta lost for an extended stretch after last week’s rash of ailments is
center fielder B.J. Upton.
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