Hinske makes start for Freeman at first

Hinske makes start for Freeman at first

CINCINNATI -- Eric Hinske got his third start of the season at first base on Thursday night, as Freddie Freeman continues to battle issues with his contact lenses.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Freeman had trouble picking up a throw from shortstop Tyler Pastornicky on Wednesday night.

"He flinched and couldn't catch it," said Gonzalez. "He came in after the game really frustrated. This was a ball right to the chest. It's like when somebody throws you a ball and it startles you but you catch it anyway. That's the way he caught it. After the game he said he couldn't see the ball and was having trouble."

The Braves have ordered special sports goggles for Freeman, but they have not yet been delivered. Freeman left a game on May 14 against Cincinnati with blurred vision in his right eye and missed one game before returning to the lineup.

Freeman is hitting just 4-of-25 (.160) through the first six games of Atlanta's seven-game road trip.