Freeman will not resume playing in the AFL
Braves hand specialist Dr. Gary Lourie examined Freddie Freeman’s injured left thumb in Atlanta Monday and determined that the highly-regarded first base prospect will not resume playing in this year’s Arizona Fall League.
Lourie determined that Freeman suffered a mild left thumb strain during an AFL game last week. The 21-year-old first baseman will spend at least the next two weeks at his California home wearing a splint and then return to Atlanta for further evaluation.
Freeman said there is a chance he could be cleared to begin taking dry swings in three weeks.
Freeman began feeling discomfort in his thumb after attempting to make a diving catch during an Oct. 18 game. A few innings later, he aggravated the injury while sliding into third base.
The Braves sent Freeman to the AFL to better prepare him for his projected role to begin the 2011 season as their starting first baseman. He ended up playing just five games with the Peoria Desert Dogs before suffering this thumb ailment.
After hitting .319 with 18 homers and an .898 OPS for Triple-A Gwinnett this past summer, Freeman was named the International League’s Rookie of the Year. He hit his first career Major League homer on Sept. 21 against Roy Halladay. <p>