Wearing a supportive sleeve on his right knee, Freeman was supposed to simply walk around the field twice. But the 22-year-old first baseman opted to push himself a little harder by jogging for the first time since his right kneecap briefly popped out of place on Tuesday.
"I feel great," Freeman said. "Hopefully, they will let me start hitting [in batting practice] again tomorrow or Sunday."
The Braves said Freeman would likely miss a week or two after diagnosing him with a subluxed right patella. There is certainly no need to rush the young first baseman at this time. But the increased mobility he has shown over the past few days indicates he might be cleared to resume all activities before that two-week mark.
"Obviously, they are not listening to me," Freeman said. "If they were listening to me, I would have been back in there already."
Freeman was sidelined for a week and then limited to designated-hitter duties for the next five days when he suffered the same injury while playing for Triple-A Gwinnett in 2010. He will likely have to wear some kind of supportive brace on his knee for the remainder of his career.