It is virtually impossible to replace Freddie Freeman. Freeman was arguably one of the best players in baseball. Then Wednesday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays came along. Relief pitcher Aaron Loup pitched Freeman high and tight and inadvertently fractured Freeman’s left wrist. There is is little use arguing if he was throwing at Freeman or just trying to brush him back off the plate. The end result is the same, Freeman will miss 10 weeks.
The news of the injury to Freddie Freeman came as a shock Thursday afternoon to the Atlanta Braves. However the games and the season must continue. Julio Teheran did not pitch very well last night allowing 3 early runs in the 1st inning. Unfortunately Tehran’s struggles were on display. Not even a rain delay in Atlanta could stop the Blue Jay’s offense. The Braves offense really never came together although Tyler Flowers had lead the bottom of the 2nd inning with a solid double. The Braves lineup did not click without Freeman hitting in the number 3 spot. Nick Markakis will fill in that position and his hitting ways will surely help the Braves, it just did not click last night.
The Braves have signed free agent James Loney to a minor league contract and he will report to AAA Gwinnett. Loney started the season with the Detroit Tigers minor league system. Loney’s last major league experience was with the New York Mets in 2016. The Braves are also looking within the organization as they have called up Rio Ruiz to Atlanta. Ruiz will be primarily used at 3rd base and that will free up Jace Peterson to play at 1st base.
The Braves will make the adjustment to their lineup without Freddie Freeman at 1st base. It will take some time but Braves General Manager John Coppolella and Braves President John Hart are doing their best. Braves manager Brian Snitker will have an interesting 2 months ahead of him. The Braves will host division rival the Washington Nationals tonight. The Braves will overcome adversity, they always have. Tonight’s game will be exciting and of course it’s Friday night Fireworks. GO BRAVES!!!!!