Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 4/7/13
The Atlanta Braves have placed first baseman Freddie Freeman on the disabled list with a strained oblique. He reportedly suffered the injury last Sunday during a workout and opted to play through it, but was visibly in pain during Saturday night's game with the Cubs, necessitating his placement on the DL before the injury gets even worse. Atlanta has called Blake DeWitt up from AAA Gwinnett to replace Freeman on the roster, but DeWitt likely will just serve as an extra bench bat for the squad. Chris Johnson and Juan Francisco will both taking full-time starting roles at the infield corners instead of platooning at third base. The Braves are without shortstop Andrelton Simmons for the timebeing as well after he injured his thumb sliding into second base on Friday night against the Cubs. Simmons missed two months of play in 2012 with a fractured right hand, an injury he also suffered sliding into second base. Freeman's cleanup spot in Atlanta's lineup is being filled today by backup catcher Evan Gattis, who has evenly split playing time with Gerald Laird this year. BJ Upton has been shifted to the leadoff spot over the last two games with Simmons out, and once Simmons comes back, he'll likely drop in the order and potentially take Freeman's spot in the heart of the Braves lineup, or move to the fifth spot (where he started the first four games) with Dan Uggla jumping to the cleanup spot. Luckily for Atlanta, their schedule isn't a killer over the next two weeks, with a three game series in Washington being surrounded by a road series in Miami, a two-game homestand against the Royals, and four in Pittsburgh. Freeman has a .412/.474/.647 line this year for the Braves in five games with a team-leading seven RBI. Oblique injuries can linger, and the Braves don't have a solid replacement option for Freeman in-house right now, so the team needed to nip this in the bud now before it became an even more substantial issue later on. [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ronda Rousey knocks out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds

Von Miller earns dismissal from NFL’s drug program

Ian Kennedy watches birth of daughter on FaceTime before start

Matt Williams wants Bryce Harper to stop getting ejected

Five most underrated players in the NFL

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Larry Lucchino stepping down as Red Sox CEO

Las Vegas Mob Museum to open FIFA corruption exhibit

Does NFL have a motive to settle with Tom Brady?

Big Ten coaches opposed to 9-game conference schedule

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Hill arrested for reckless driving, clocked going 107 mph

Danny Garcia beats Paulie Malignaggi, remains undefeated

Bobby Wagner, Seahawks agree to contract extension

Blount won't talk about reported failed conditioning test

Greg Hardy helps pay Cowboys fans to fly anti-Eagles banner

Report: 7-foot Aussie center to join Kentucky's 2015 class

Eagles trade CB Brandon Boykin to Steelers

Jack Del Rio: Crabtree ‘stood out’ at first Raiders camp practice

Browns owner: ‘We haven’t given up on Johnny Manziel’

Junior Seau’s daughter will speak at Hall of Fame induction

Golden State Warriors: the rich get richer

NFL, Brady could settle to avoid appeal documents going public

Miguel Herrera apologizes for costly Philly airport fight

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

David Price traded to Blue Jays

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker