When Freeman exited Friday’s game, there was immediate reaction that he had aggravated the wrist injury that limited him for last season’s final four months and throughout this past offseason. But it has since been learned the discomfort was located in his hand and that it was likely a product of scar tissue that developed after he received multiple cortisone injections last year.
Freeman plans to compile four plate appearances during Monday’s home game against the Rays. He will rest on Tuesday and then attempt to play in each of the home games scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
“It was the wrist last year and that’s the big part because I’m very violent with my wrist with my follow through,” Freeman said. “I knew right away [Friday’s discomfort] wasn’t my wrist. Talking the past couple days, I think it was just some scar tissue that will get worked out because I’ve had a lot of needles in my hand and wrist over the past [nine] months. Once we get that all broken up, I don’t think we’ll have to worry about this any more.”
Cortisone injections are no joke: corticosteroids are serious stuff and you really don’t want to get them too often, and this raises more questions about the way the Braves handled Freeman last year. Still, the most important thing is that the wrist’s okay. For now, as far as we know, it is.