Freeman scratched late Saturday vs. Nats

Freeman scratched late Saturday vs. Nats

ATLANTA -- Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was a late scratch from the lineup Saturday afternoon against the Nationals.

Freeman, who went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in Friday's series opener, has been bothered by dry eyes for the last few weeks, and missed Thursday's game at Cincinnati because of the issue. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he made the decision to sit Freeman on Saturday after watching him take batting practice.

"I was watching him taking BP, and he was getting frustrated, and I said, 'You know what, forget it,'" Gonzalez said. "Hopefully we'll get him tomorrow. Maybe at night it'll be a little better."

Freeman said his eye problems have hampered him over the last couple weeks. Whether he's at first base or in the batter's box, he said he sees two balls flying at him and has been reduced to guessing which one was real.

Friday, Freeman got new contacts and glasses he can wear during games, but they haven't solved the problem yet. Gonzalez said the Braves will have to be patient as the remedies take effect.

"It's one of those things that we want instant reaction, 'Give me a pill and I want to get better right now,'" Gonzalez said. "It's going to be a couple days for that medicine and those contacts and all that stuff with his eyes to work. I think we're now in a generation where it's 'Fix me, and fix me right now.'

"He's trying to get in there."

Eric Hinkse replaced Freeman in the lineup Saturday. Hinske went 0-for-3 with a walk.