Freddie Freeman’s elbow has been on the minds of many Braves’ fans dating back to the end of last season when he was severely hampered by loose fragments and bone spurs that had developed in the joint. Freeman underwent offseason surgery to rectify the problem but social media was set ablaze when it was revealed that he had been scratched from Tuesday’s lineup due to discomfort in his elbow. Before we declare the 2020 season over however, perhaps we should frame this in the proper context.
Freeman underwent surgery in October but only recently saw his workload increase as he reported to spring training. It isn’t uncommon for anyone undergoing a procedure like that to develop some soreness as they ramp up their activity. Brian Snitker told MLB.com’s Mark Bowman that scratching Freeman on Tuesday was simply precautionary.
“He’s got a little irritation in his elbow,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s one of those things where his workload has been different than it was all winter. [The elbow has] felt good. But the doctor said it’s not an uncommon thing. You nip it in the bud. You’re glad it’s now instead of later.”
As expected, the Braves plan to play it safe with Freeman who shouldn’t require a lot of time to get himself ready for the regular season. The reactions have been interesting though. We have been among the voices to suggest that Freeman should take a days off throughout the season in order to keep himself healthy and fresh. However, that he wants to and expects to play 162 games shouldn’t be framed in a negative light. Imagine what the reaction would have been had Freeman simply announced at the end of last season that he was going to shut it down due to the pain in his elbow before the postseason? I’m sure the majority of takes would have been measured and I say that in the most sarcastic tone imaginable.
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