Freeman could miss two weeks with right knee injury
Just as Tommy Hanson appears to be ready to resume regular activity, the Braves are dealing with the fact that Freddie Freeman will likely spend the next two weeks resting a right knee injury that he suffered during Tuesday morning’s workout at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex.
Freeman’s right knee popped out of place as he reached to pick a low throw at first base. He limped off the field and was still walking with a heavy limp as he made his way toward a photo shoot on Tuesday afternoon.
“I was just doing pick drills and the knee gave out,” Freeman said. “The kneecap went this way and I came back in. When I did this when I was playing in Triple-A, it took me two weeks. So that is what we are going on.” <p>
While he was in obvious discomfort, Freeman did not seem worried about the possibility that he will need more than just a couple weeks of rest. His right knee had not provided him any problems since he had suffered a similar injury while playing for Triple-A Gwinnett in 2010. <p>
“When I did it in 2010, I thought I could come back after a week,” Freeman said. “But they’re obviously going to be cautious with me.” <p>
If Freeman misses two weeks, he could return in time to play the final two weeks of the exhibition season. His absence will likely provide Eric Hinske and non-roster invitee Ernesto Mejia a chance to get plenty of playing time at first base during the Grapefruit League season’s first two weeks. <p>
Still in a good mood Tuesday afternoon, Freeman said, “When you write this, make sure you point out I still picked the throw.”
As for Hanson, he pushed himself a little harder with conditioning drills on Tuesday and will likely be cleared to throw off the mound within the next two days.