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Atlanta Braves News: Freddie Freeman’s wrist causing concern

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Braves News

Braves score 12 runs on Saturday, still lose to the Cubs

Atlanta’s offense put up a good showing but their pitching staff was unable to hold the Cubs down. Lucas Sims was hit hard early and the bullpen didn’t do anything to stop the bleeding. The Braves will try to avoid a sweep on Sunday.

Freeman notes depleted strength in left wrist

Freddie Freeman had a homer and a double in Saturday’s loss but admitted to’s Mark Bowman after the game that he feels like he is losing strength in his left wrist and that his bat speed is declining.

"It's the wet newspaper I've been swinging," Freeman said in reference to his depleted strength. "I got through it a couple times today and made contact. I needed to do it again in the last [at-bat], and I didn't do it. I'm not able to get through balls. I've got nothing left, really. My bat speed is absolutely gone. It's just not there.

With the Braves playing out the string, our own Demetrius Bell writes that it is time to shut down Freeman and let him get ready for 2018.

Fried excited for chance to make 1st MLB start

Braves rookie left hander Max Fried will make his first career start on Sunday and tells’s Mark Bowman that he is excited for the opportunity.

"If you would have talked to me in May or June when everything was going on, I probably wouldn't have believed you, and I'd have told you you were crazy," Fried said. "I'm really excited and happy to be here, and I really just can't wait to [make the] start."

MLB News

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto will have shoulder surgery

Michael Conforto will undergo surgery on his left shoulder next week and will miss the remainder of the season. Conforto suffered the injury on a swing last month and the recovery could keep him out beyond opening day in 2018.

Tigers’ Victor Martinez will undergo heart surgery, out for rest of 2017 season

Victor Martinez will undergo heart ablation surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat and will miss the remainder of the season. Martinez hasn’t considered retirement and should be healthy for the start of spring training.

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