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Freddie Freeman felt no pain in his wrist on Sunday in three at-bats.

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Freddie Freeman returned to the lineup on Sunday, and felt no pain through three plate appearances, in the Atlanta Braves' 7-6 loss to the Houston Astros.

Freeman gave Braves country a scare on Friday when he left the game due to soreness in his right hand. He battled wrist issues for the majority of last season, but the twinge he felt on Friday was in the top of his hand, and did not cause any issues Sunday.

He only swung at two pitches in an 0-for-3 day, although one of those swings resulted in a deep flyout to center field. He told reporters the plan is to get four plate appearances tomorrow, take a day off, then play three straight games.

Matt Wisler gave up a run in the first inning on two hits and a Colby Rasmus sacrifice fly. Wisler finished 2.2 innings with two hits, the lone run, two walks, and three strikeouts, as he continues to solidify his spot in the rotation to open the season.

Erick Aybar (3-for-4, 2 doubles) singled in Ender Inciarte to tie the game at 1-1 in the third, before Adonis Garcia hit a two-run homer to give Atlanta the 3-1 edge. Garcia is trying to prove that he can handle the everyday job at third base, and was second on the team with 10 home runs a season ago.

The left-handed reliever battle has heated up over the last week, as Matt Marksberry, Ian Krol, Alex Torres, and Evan Rutckyj are competing for an opening day slot as a situational reliever. Marksberry struggled on Sunday after retiring the final batter in the third inning. He faced three batters, allowing a walk and two hits in the fourth. He was charged with all three runs after Rob Wooten came in and allowed in two of Marksberry's and three runs of his own.

Inciarte and Mallex Smith tripled in the game to give the Braves eight triples in the early going of Spring Training. Both players knocked in a run in the game, and Inciarte added a double.

Jace Peterson also continued his position carousel, playing right field in the late innings. Hector Olivera added his league-leading 13th hit.

The Braves are back in action on Monday, as they take on the Rays at 1:05 p.m. ET.