Freddie Freeman has been placed on the 15-day disabled list (strained right oblique). The Braves have purchased the contract of INF Blake DeWitt.
Tough break for Freeman owners since oblique injuries can sometimes linger for more than 15 days. Chris Johnson and Juan Francisco likely figure to pick up the corner work in the meantime.
Analyst: Hector "hecman" Roman View Profile
Freeman has gotten off to a hot start in 2013, batting .412 with one home run and seven RBIs, so this is disappointing for both the Braves and fantasy owners. Oblique strains can be tricky as they often take more than 15 days to return from. Chris Johnson will likely take over at first base in Freeman's absence, which bumps his fantasy value up slightly.
Analyst: David Kerr View Profile
Big blow came this morning for Freeman owners. Chris Johnson and Juan Francisco don't look to be ideal fantasy replacements here, but you might not have much choice. Mark Reynolds or Yonder Alonso should be other fairly available safe options, as Freeman looks to be out till at least the end of April.
Analyst: Brandon Taddonio View Profile
This is a huge hit to both Freeman owners, and the Braves, as this was the season that everyone was hoping to see Freeman take that next step into the top tier of fantasy (and MLB) 1st basemen. As the Brett Lawrie situation in Toronto has shown us, oblique injuries are unpredictable, and often linger for longer than expected. Be sure to get a productive 1b to fill the hole in your lineup if you were relying on Freeman, as his absence could drag on a bit.
Analyst: Brad Costilo View Profile