The two-time All-Star first baseman’s wrist was the story of the 2017 season as he missed 10 weeks with a fracture, prompting the Braves to acquire Matt Adams. Then, upon his return, Freeman pushed for a move to third base, only to switch back to his natural position after 16 games.
Amid all this, he equated his swing to swinging a wet newspaper, though even with that water-logged piece of print he he still managed 138 wRC+ in August and 126 in September.
But the good news is that at Chop Fest in late January, Freeman said he wrist was back to full strength and he told FOX Sports South that he’s already been swinging in 25-degree temperatures to see if he’d deal with any aches or pains.
He did undergo surgery in the offseason … though it was Lasik, which should prevent the dry eye irritation he’s experienced while wearing contact lenses.
In all, he’s set up for a monster season as he enters the fifth year of his $135 million contract.
Freeman was playing at an MLB-level before his injury, with a ridiculous 222 wRC+ in April and 173 in May before he went down. But the major question with Freeman may not be his health, but whether the Braves can supply him with a right-handed bat in the order to take pressure off.