For the second time this season, Atlanta Braves All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman will be placed on the 15-day disabled list. Freeman missed 30 games this year with a right wrist injury, and now he will be out with a right oblique strain.
Freeman, 25, has played in 76 games this season and has slashed .284/.348/.500 with 14 home runs and 45 RBI. Since returning on July 25th, Freeman has played in 10 games and has batted .184 (7-for-38) with two home runs and four RBI.
The Braves are coming off one of their better wins of the season, as they defeated the San Francisco Giants 9-8 in 12 innings on a walk-off homer by rookie third baseman Adonis Garcia. Freeman left Monday’s game in the fifth inning when he appeared to injury his oblique in the bottom of the fifth inning when he took an awkward swing. Chris Johnson would replace him at first base and actually picked up the slack with a couple hits including a solo home run.
Atlanta also announced on Tuesday that veteran right-handed reliever Jason Frasor will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain. Frasor, 37, was released by the Kansas City Royals about a month ago, despite putting up a 1.54 ERA in 23.1 innings pitched. On July 16th, the Braves signed Frasor and in six appearances he has not given up a run in 4.2 innings.
To complete these roster moves, the Braves have called up first baseman/outfielder Joey Terdoslavich and right-handed pitcher Ryan Kelly from Triple-A Gwinnett. In 19 games, Terdoslavich has slashed .147/.171/.265 with one home run in 34 at-bats. Kelly has gone 2.2 innings compiling an ERA of 6.75.
The Braves have are still in the process of retooling this roster for the future which limits their roster depth with major league talent. When Freeman missed 30 games from late-June to late-July, the Braves went 13-17 as they struggled mightily to score runs. Now with him back on the DL with an oblique injury, expect the offense to decline once again.