The Atlanta Braves are in the midst of their first tough stretch of the 2013 season, suffering three losses in a row in Pittsburgh. The best medicine for a tough stretch, especially a tough offensive stretch, is an infusion of a new bat into the lineup. That bat landed this morning in Colorado:
Guess who just landed in Colorado! This guy! So pumped to get back out there!— (@FreddieFreeman5) April 22, 2013
Freddie Freeman is expected to be activated for tonight's game against the Rockies. He has been on the disabled list since the first week of the season with a strained right oblique muscle. He spent the last three days on a rehab assignment with triple-A Gwinnett, going 5-for-10, with all five hits coming in one game. His stint with Gwinnett is a nice reminder of Freeman's time with the Phoenix Desert Dogs, an Arizona Fall League team that was the last minor league team he played for (they have apparently not changed his picture on his minor league page).
The addition of Freeman's bat will hopefully strengthen a Braves lineup that scored just three runs in the last three games. He will likely slot back into the lineup at cleanup, meaning Fredi Gonzalez might take this opportunity to move some other guys around. I'd like to see Andrelton Simmons back at the leadoff spot, and B.J. Upton further down the lineup.
The Braves may also get Dan Uggla back in the lineup today. He's been out with a calf strain since leaving in the fourth inning of Saturday's game.
To make room for Freeman, the Braves are sending down relief pitcher David Carpenter, who didn't make it into a game during his two game stint with the team.