Odds and ends as Braves prepare to face Yankees
It seems pretty safe to erase any lingering concerns you might have had regarding Freddie Freeman’s right knee. The 22-year-old first baseman is back in the starting lineup for a fifth straight day as the Braves prepare to host the Yankees this afternoon at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex.
With split-squad games against the Blue Jays on Sunday and a two-day trip to Jupiter beginning on Monday, Freeman will also likely play at least two of the next three days. The Braves can only hope the supportive sleeve Freeman now wears will prevent his right kneecap from popping out of place like it did on Feb. 28.
Chipper Jones is also back at third base for today’s game against the Yankees. Jones said his previously sore right leg did not bother him as he played seven innings during Friday’s loss to the Mets.
While Jones and Freeman now appear healthy, Arodys Vizcaino has not pitched since Sunday because of discomfort in his right elbow. An MRI exam showed inflammation around the elbow. The 21-year-old reliever will rest a few more days before being reevaluated. But for now, the team does not seem too concerned.
Jason Heyward is getting a chance to rest after playing each of the past five days and enjoying a two-hit game against the Mets on Friday. The 22-year-old outfielder wrapped around the double he pulled to right field in the second inning. But he made solid contact with his seventh-inning single.
Likely Opening Day starter Jair Jurrjens will make his second start of the exhibitions season this afternoon against the Yankees. Jurrjens said his knee was not a problem as he limited the Astros to two runs in two innings on Monday. His fastball topped out at 90 mph and rested between 87-88 mph. One American League scout thought Jurrjens was still being somewhat tentative as he attempted to throw his breaking ball.
BRAVES LINEUP vs. Yankees