ATLANTA -- One month after getting hit by a throw from Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes, Freddie Freeman still feels some discomfort in his left index finger. But the Braves first baseman has gradually learned how to deal with the pain.
"It's as good as it's going to get," Freeman said. "I can make a fist every day. It's really tight when I make a fist, but I can still swing, I can still do everything. I get that little jolt when [shortstop Andrelton] Simmons throws the ball to me. It seems like it slams my finger. But it's not getting any worse and it's not getting any better."
Freeman started to realize some relief after receiving two cortisone shots two weeks ago. He said the plan is for him to receive another injection before he spends next week resting during the All-Star break.
"Hopefully that keeps it down even more so I can play the last three months of the season," Freeman said.
Freeman hit .216 (8-for-37) with two extra-base hits and 12 strikeouts as his finger limited him to just 10 games from June 7-June 24. He has batted .357 (10-for-28) with four extra-base hits and six strikeouts in the eight games that have followed.