Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said today that Freddie Freeman’s surgically repaired elbow is “not a concern.” Freeman was scratched from his start yesterday after experiencing inflammation. (Video via 680 The Fan, on Twitter.)
The reassurances from the GM are nice, but the real key here is that Dr. David Altchek — who performed Freeman’s bone spur removal procedure over the offseason — is evidently not worried. Even consulting with the surgeon was considered an exceedingly cautious step, Anthopoulos suggested. Altchek indicated that this sort of swelling is just part of the long-term recovery process.
While Freeman would prefer to jump right back into action, Anthopoulos says the team will exercise continued caution. The plan is to let the slugger rest for the remainder of the week and “get him back in there next week.”
Going forward, the team doesn’t anticipate any special care. But it’ll be proactive in doling out rest since there’s so much time left before the start of the season. And Anthopoulos noted that Freeman will need to communicate any issues that do arise. Otherwise, says Anthopoulos, “if doctors aren’t concerned then we’re not.”
That huge sign of relief you just heard was a collective effort from Braves fans…
Not until he has his typical numbers should you be sighing. We have been here multiple times, with trying to play through, coming up short from his healthy numbers and find out otherwise after the fact.
Yeah, true enough… I guess more of a “preliminary sigh of relief?”
Freeman hit a career-high 38 homers in 2019 while dealing with the elbow all year. He tweaked it in DC in September which led to his playoff misery, but he still hit a 460-foot bomb in Game 1 with a bone spur that was about to fall off. He’s going to be fine.
Freddie Freeman is a baseball stud and a good guy. Guy lost his mom at a early age. Honors her memory by playing in long sleeves. I don’t think it’s about the money for him (he already has plenty). He just wants to win. I think every manager in the MLB would love to plug his bat into the lineup in the 3 or 4 spot. Healthy or not.
This line-up is good, but if he wants to get to the World Series, which he already stated is the only goal this year for the team – then he needs to be 100%. We can’t have Swanson/Acuna being the only offensive producers when it counts in a line-up minus Donaldson, I don’t care how resurgent Ozuna is.
What’s the significance of the long sleeves? Just curious. Thanks.
His mom died from skin cancer.
If he was a Yankee, it would be a TJS. Thankfully, he will be okay though. Looking forward to seeing the Braves this year with their young talent coming back.
I think the yankees will be fine it does suck though about the injury bug though. The yankees have tons of depth and enough talent to compensate. I will be looking forward to seeing your team as well, I’ll always be a braves fan first but I just like the game in general so I always tune in for the exciting teams.
Whether it’s hit in the hand, hit in the head, or run into by a runner while fielding a throw; he and dansby get hit by something odd every dang year.
those throwbacks are great by the way
Anyone who’s ever had bone spurs knows this isn’t a big deal. A week with some Celebrex and he’ll be fine.
He’s been taking narcotics. Allegedly. Other article said pain killers. So for him to do that says more than it doesn’t.
For fantasy players, where does this move him for you? Freeman is always a high floor player that you draft early.
A lot of Braves fans have been critical of Freeman for trying to play through his elbow issue for so long. I have a hard time being too hard on a guy just trying to stay out there for the team but anyone have an opinion on whether he should’ve dealt with this elbow injury issue earlier?