NEW YORK -- Freddie Freeman has realized some relief since the Braves' medical staff opted to put some cortisone in his left index finger on Saturday night. If he continues to improve, there is a chance he could return to the lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Yankees.
"I'm going to have to play through pain the rest of the year," Freeman said on Monday afternoon. "But we've got to get it to a point where I can play through it."
Freeman was fortunate to avoid sustaining a fracture when his left hand was hit with a Jose Reyes throw as he slid into second base on June 7. But he continued to battle discomfort and swelling for more than a week and has not been in the Braves' starting lineup since last Tuesday.
Braves hand specialist Dr. Gary Lourie evaluated Freeman again on Saturday before the 22-year-old first baseman received two cortisone shots in his left index finger.