ATLANTA -- Now that Troy Glaus has shown some signs of life and Chipper Jones has been lost for the season with a left knee injury, there is seemingly less reason to believe the Braves will promote highly touted first-base prospect Freddie Freeman before September.
During the early days of this month, there was growing reason to wonder if Atlanta might release Glaus and gamble with the choice to put the 20-year-old Freeman at first base for the remainder of the season.
But since going homerless over a 39-game stretch, Glaus has homered twice in a span of five games. While he might not be able to regain the form that helped him hit .316 with 12 homers during a 47-game stretch that began on May 1, the 33-year-old veteran has at least provided indication that he provide some of the presence the lineup lost when Jones was injured last week.
While hitting .316 with 16 homers and an .887 OPS with Triple-A Gwinnett this year, Freeman has strengthened the belief that he will begin the 2011 season as Atlanta's starting first baseman.
But with Glaus starting to rebound, the Braves have much less reason to think about taking the risk of simultaneously depending on Freeman and 21-year-old Jason Heyward in the midst of a pennant race.