Freeman feeling good in return from DL

Freeman feeling good in return from DL

DENVER -- In his first day back from the disabled list, Braves cleanup hitter Freddie Freeman was on base four times and scored two runs.

It's a good day no matter how you look at it, and the fact that he was 1-for-6 with three walks playing both ends of a doubleheader should only confirm Freeman's good health as he comes back from a strained right oblique. He was right back in the lineup on Wednesday, and had an RBI double and scored a run.

"I'm good -- everything felt great," Freeman said before Wednesday's game. "Obviously I wouldn't have come back if I wasn't. Usually you can't come back in two weeks, but I guess we got it under control real quick and I feel great. It was nice to win a couple games and we got back on the winning side."

The conditions weren't ideal, with a Game 1 temperature of 23 degrees and a high of 30 in late afternoon. There was still snow on the pines in center field when Juan Francisco launched a ball into the seats with Freeman on base.

"The conditions held up, so it's all fine," Freeman said. "I felt great. I saw a lot of pitches, walked three times, got a hit, scored a couple runs, so I feel good and I'm just happy to be back."

Freeman had two fly outs in the first game, and a grounder, a strikeout, and a liner to third in the second game. His single in Game 1 was a shot to center. It was a good sample of at-bats to test him on a long, cold day at Coors Field.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.