The Atlanta Braves have placed Freddie Freeman on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique that seemed to flare up more on a swing on Saturday. The problem is that the team didn't tell Freeman until after they made the move and he didn't know until he arrived at Turner Field on Sunday.
Understandably, Freeman was less than happy, though he had toned it down on Twitter by Sunday afternoon.
Thank you to all the @braves fans for there love and well wishes. Obviously I am upset but I will use these 15 days to get fully healthy— Freddie Freeman (@FreddieFreeman5) April 7, 2013
Freeman wasn't always so positive while venting to his teammates about the decision.
"I've got to sit now for 15 days when this is not a 15-day thing," Freeman said on braves.com. "It could be a two-day thing. Now I'm out for two weeks for no reason."
And he may have a point. Freeman had hit .417 with a homer and seven RBIs this season while already having strained that oblique. He says he felt it at first on March 31. He would homer the next day in his first at-bat of the year.
"It's not hurt to the point that I can't play," Freeman said. "I'm playing just fine."
It seems Freeman's DL fate was sealed when he grabbed his side and winced on an eighth-inning RBI-single in Saturday night's game.
"There really isn't a gray area when it comes to obliques," Braves general manager Frank Wren said. "Obliques are going to be a couple weeks at minimum. If you're really lucky, you can get a player back right after the DL stint. This early in the season we're not going to turn a two-to-three week (thing) into a six-to-eight week by tearing that oblique area."
Freeman, who had been managing the injury by stretching before games, was boldly vocal to manager Fredi Gonzalez and his teammates about the decision before going to shag fly balls during batting practice.
"They didn't even give me a choice," Freeman said. "It's my career. I should be able to make that decision. I walked in there and they didn't give me one."
And the back-and-forth continued with Braves brass.
"He's a young guy who wants to play and you appreciate that," Wren said. "You want him to be out there. But I think sometimes we have to protect players from themselves. They want to play and they want to be a big part of the team, which he is. But this is not a situation where we want to lose him for the first half by letting him go out and tear that area."
One must love the passion being displayed by everyone involved.
The Braves have called up Blake DeWitt from Triple-A Gwinnet to fill Freeman's spot. Chris Johnson will be the starting first baseman and Juan Francisco will establish himself at the hot corner.
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