Freeman headlines list of September call-ups
When Nate McLouth arrived at Spring Training as the projected leadoff hitter, there was little reason to believe the Braves would head into September with reason to believe that Freddie Freeman could actually play a greater role in the midst of a pennant race.
McLouth has completed his return journey to the Minor Leagues and will be in uniform for Tuesday night’s game against the Mets. Freeman will make his much anticipated arrival to the Majors when the rosters expand Wednesday.
Freeman, left-handed reliever Mike Dunn, right-handed reliever Scott Proctor, catcher J.C. Boscan and Kenshin Kawakami will all be added to expanded roster Wednesday.
The Braves optioned Kawakami to Rookie Level Danville Tuesday, less than 24 hours after bringing him back to the Majors. This move allowed them to activate McLouth, who hit just .205 in the 83 at-bats he compiled with Triple-A Gwinnett in August.
While McLouth’s bat is no longer viewed as a weapon, his speed could allow him to earn one of the final spots on the postseason roster.
Kawakami’s projected role is to serve as reliever in Atlanta for the remainder of this season. But things could change if Derek Lowe feels some arm discomfort during today’s side session.
Freeman will spend the remainder of this season doing more than simply getting a taste of the lifestyle that awaits when he becomes Atlanta’s first baseman next year. The highly-regarded prospect will enhance the bench’s depth and likely spell Derrek Lee for a few games. He has hit .351 with 13 homers since June 1.
Dunn and Proctor will enhance the bullpen’s depth. Boscan will serve as the third catcher that Bobby Cox always likes to have on his roster during September. It will be interesting to see if he’s willing to carry a third catcher if he’s given a chance to compose a postseason roster.
Proctor has struggled in his attempt to return from Tommy John surgery. But the veteran reliever has allowed just one earned run and five hits in his past nine innings for Gwinnett.
Craig Kimbrel and Cristhian Martinez are expected to be added to the expanded roster once Gwinnett’s season concludes.