"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.