The Braves had to wait for the prognosis on Freddie Freeman’s wrist after the first baseman’s first tests came back inconclusive on Wednesday. Time didn’t heal this wound as the Braves placed first baseman Freddie Freeman on the 10-day disabled list after an MRI and CT scan revealed a non-displaced left wrist fracture, the team announced via a press release.
The wrist will be placed in a cast for four weeks and Freeman is expected to miss approximately 10 weeks of action.
The Braves recalled infielder Rio Ruiz from Triple-A Gwinnett. Ruiz, who turns 23 on May 22, made his Major League debut last season when he played in five games for Atlanta.
Freeman was having an MVP-type season through 37 games. He led Major League Baseball with 14 home runs and could boast a slash line of .341/.461/.748. He’d also driven in 25 runs and posted 26 extra-base hits.
Freeman was hit on a bone on the inside of his left hand, by Blue Jays lefty Aaron Loup in the fifth inning. The Braves were winning at the time but the feeling at SunTrust Park was that the Braves just lost.
Wednesday night after Freeman left, manager Brian Snitker moved Jace Peterson from third to first. It was the first time Peterson had played first base in his career and he didn’t look too bad in his small sample size. But Peterson was already in the game, playing third for Adonis Garcia who was placed on the 10-Day DL earlier in the day.
The Braves don’t have any infielders in Triple-A Gwinnett currently on Atlanta’s 40-man roster, so they may have to purchase the contract for somebody in that role.
Later Thursday, the Braves added veteran first baseman James Loney on a minor-league contract.
Loney has played 11 seasons in Major League Baseball, most recently with New York last season. He played 100 games with the Mets while maintaining a .265 batting average with nine home runs and 34 RBI. Loney’s career has been highlighted by his excellent defensive skills at first base.