Atlanta Braves first Freddie Freeman missed the All-Star game due to a jammed thumb and didn’t start Friday night to give the injury more time to heal. But with the Braves up 5-4, he went into the game to replace Joey Terdoslavich as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning.
So the last thing Freeman probably needed was a collision at first base, right?
Not only did Freeman have a collision with a base runner, it was with Chicago’s 6’6″ 285 pound Adam Dunn on a close play for the second out. Of course, Freeman is not exactly small, either. He is 6’5″ 225 pounds.
Freeman also appeared to take a shot from Dunn’s knee into his back as the two tumbled to the ground. SEC football coaches would have been impressed with the collision and the way the two players bounced up afterwards.
Braves fans should have no concerns about Freddie Freeman’s thumb or any lingering effects of the collision. Freeman blasted a 2-run homer against the White Sox Saturday afternoon and showed no after effects.
The Braves did have an injury Saturday that caused a player to leave the game. Starter Paul Maholm left Saturday’s game with a sprained left wrist. Maholm was spotted a 4-0 lead and after giving up seven runs left the game in the fourth inning.