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No regrets from Freeman on return from wrist injury

ATLANTA -- As Freddie Freeman has missed most of these past two weeks because of a minor right oblique strain, there has certainly been reason to wonder if he might have avoided this injury had he played more than one Minor League rehab game before returning from a right wrist injury that sidelined him for five weeks.

But Freeman is not among those who buy into this theory. The Braves' first baseman views the oblique strain he suffered on Aug. 3 against the Giants as simply an unfortunate development that just happened to occur less than two weeks after he had returned from his lengthy absence.

"It was just one of those days," Freeman said. "I had no problems there. My legs felt great. Everything felt great. It was just one of those things. I've seen some articles that have said I might have come back too early, but that's not the case. I felt great when I came back. It's just that an oblique can happen sometimes. Unfortunately, it happened a couple of weeks ago. But it's all healed up now and that's all I can ask for."

The Braves certainly weren't going to take any risks when Freeman suffered the oblique strain while swinging at two consecutive pitches thrown by Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain. Though the ailment might have been minor enough to prevent a disabled list stint, the club took advantage of the opportunity to provide its prized first baseman a chance to rest for a few days and then spend more than a week preparing his body for the daily grind the remainder of this season will present.

Freeman is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list for Wednesday night's game in San Diego, but he will first play Minor League rehab games with Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday and Monday. He played two rehab games with the Gulf Coast League Braves earlier this week and took batting practice with his Atlanta teammates before Saturday night's game against the D-backs at Turner Field.

"I've been swinging for the past six or seven days and playing games the past few days," Freeman said. "I'm 100 percent healthy. I haven't felt this good in August for a few years, so it's definitely a good feeling."

Being sidelined throughout most of this summer has been an unfamiliar and unwelcome experience for Freeman, who had made a Major League-best 243 consecutive appearances before the right wrist injury sidelined him from June 18 to July 24.

"It's definitely weird," Freeman said. "I'm not a big fan of sitting ever. When you physically just can't play … this has been a frustrating season for me. Hopefully, I can get back Wednesday and end the final month-and-a-half of the season on a positive note."

Mark Bowman is a reporter for Listen to his podcast.
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