As of Thursday, April 18, 2013
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Apr 3, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) watches his double driving in three runs against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
LAWRENCEVILLE — After a mild batting practice session before Thursday's Gwinnett Braves game, Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said he had “no problem.”
On the disabled list since April 7 with a strained right oblique, Freeman plans to play the next three games with the Class AAAA G-Braves starting Friday night at Charlotte and if all goes well he'll leave after Sunday's day game at Coolray Field and join the Braves in Colorado.
“I felt good today,” Freeman said. “I did everything on the field today. I took some BP, I am going to go in and take a couple more swings. We'll see tomorrow, if I am sore at all.”
Before taking about 20 swings, Freeman took some ground balls across the infield. His early swings went the other way as he slowly ramped up the intensity.
“The first couple of rounds I was trying to figure it out and I had no problems,” Freeman said. “I geared it up a couple of rounds and I was able to try to pull some balls and I did with no problem.”
When the Braves placed Freeman on the disabled list, the first basemen wasn't happy about it, but said Thursday he wanted to take all the time he needed to make sure he had no issues with the oblique.
“I am going to cut it loose, that is the only way you can really test it. I have never had an oblique injury so we'll see how it goes,” Freeman said. “I obviously wouldn't be playing if I felt anything. So, 100 percent so far and hopefully I am (Friday).”