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You have to love it. Freddie Freeman returned earlier than expected from a broken left wrist as he started at third base July 4, 2017 in a 16-4 loss to the Houston Astros. It was a nasty loss but Freddie did relatively well at third.

Freeman, who was reinstated from the disabled list after meeting early in the day with a team physician, has played his entire career at first base. He singled in his first at-bat and easily handled his first chance at the hot corner, fielding a grounder and throwing sharply to first.

Freeman broke his left wrist on May 17 and was expected to miss 10 weeks, prompting the Braves to acquire Matt Adams in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals three days later. Adams is hitting .285 with 12 homers and 32 RBIs.

“We did everything we could to get back as [fast] as I could. It worked. Dr. Lourie was there every step of the way.” ~Freddie Freeman

Freeman has not played third base extensively since high school and has not appeared there professionally since 2007, when he played five games as a 17-year-old in the rookie Gulf Coast League.

Freeman spent the past few days on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett. He had only five at-bats but said he had no problems swinging a bat. He’s wearing a protective cover on his left wrist when hitting.

And so … Freddie is back and looking good.