Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (wrist) took batting practice on Wednesday.
What It Means:
This was the first time Freeman has taken batting practice since fracturing his left wrist. So long as he does not feel any discomfort over the next two days, he is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday and hopes to be activated from the disabled list on July 6. He was initially expected to be out until August or close to it, and is hoping to develop as a third baseman as well.
Prior to injuring his wrist, Freeman had tallied 14 homers, 25 RBI and a ridiculous .476 wOBA through 37 games. Upon his return, we expect him to finish the year with 10 more dingers and 31 RBI.
Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant left Wednesday's game against the Washington Nationals due to a possible right ankle injury.
What It Means:
Bryant caught a foul pop up in the fifth inning right at the third base bag, but then turned his right ankle after taking a step on the bag while walking back into the infield. He was noticeably limited while he subsequently trudged to the clubhouse with the trainer. The Cubs will update on the severity of the injury soon.
Our models projected Bryant to continue this season with another 348 plate appearances at a .280 batting average with 16 more home runs, 54 runs, 49 RBI, and 6 stolen bases. Depending on the severity of the injury (it seems minor), those projections may change.