The 2015 season was a bit of a rough campaign for Freddie Freeman, as he missed 44 games due to a right wrist injury, among other issues. Despite the fact that Freeman has said on multiple occasions that his wrist is pain-free, the Braves are still intent on making sure that their star first baseman takes things slow and steady at the beginning of Spring Training in order to make sure that the wrist stays pain-free.
#Braves Freeman will be held back some early days of camp as continues healing from wrist injury. Coppy says all good, just being cautious— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) February 22, 2016
There's been concern that Freeman's wrist discomfort might linger. #Braves are hoping an early cautious approach is best for the long haul.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 22, 2016
Freeman has been steadily getting back into the swing of things (no pun intended) this offseason, and even though the Braves are making him take it slow with his recovery, it's also clear that unless there's a big setback, Freeman should absolutely be ready for Opening Day.
Despite dealing with the wrist injury for most of the second half of last season, Freddie Freeman was still by far the Braves' best hitter in 2015 as he hit .276/.370/.471 with a .364 wOBA, 133 wRC+, and 18 home runs. Those numbers should go up if Freeman can stay healthy, and a healthy Freeman should keep the offense from being completely and utterly bad this season. Here's hoping that he can maintain the health and that the wrist can stay pain-free.