The Atlanta Braves are reportedly discussing outside options in the event that the news on Freddie Freeman’s wrist isn’t good. (UPDATE: Freeman will miss the next 8 weeks) Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Braves fear that Freeman may have suffered a broken wrist and that the team has begun considering outside options for replacing him.
As a result, the Braves are discussing options at first base moving forward, including outside options. One potential in-house fill-in, Adonis Garcia, is on the disabled list with an Achillies injury, which makes the need to look outside more pressing.
Heyman mentions free agent James Loney who was just released by the Tigers after 62 plate appearances for their Triple-A team. This is another instance in which the preseason injury to Sean Rodriguez hurts the Braves as he would have been the no doubt logical choice.
With no viable internal candidates available at the Triple-A level, the Braves may be forced to look at filling the hole through free agency or in the trade market. FanRag’s Tommy Stokke floated this idea earlier this morning.
Freeman is set to undergo a CT Scan and an MRI sometime on Thursday. After those results the Braves will have a more clear picture of what they will be dealing with.