LAKELAND, Fla. -- Freddie Freeman had few concerns about his right knee when he returned to the Braves' lineup on Tuesday. By the time he had compiled three at-bats and played 5 1/2 innings during Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Tigers, the 22-year-old first baseman felt that he had passed all of the necessary tests.
Freeman singled, walked and struck out during his three plate appearances on Wednesday. More importantly, he had a chance to stretch to pick a low throw at first base. This was the action he was performing on Feb. 28, when his right kneecap briefly popped out of place.
"That was the last thing on the agenda," Freeman said. "I came up and everything was fine."
Freeman will travel to Sarasota on Thursday and play during one of the split-squad games scheduled for Friday. After playing four straight days, he will likely get a chance to rest on Saturday.
"I'm not worried about him anymore," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Some days are going to be better than others as far as the knee is concerned. But I'm not worried about it."