Freddie Freeman left Saturday’s game against the Washington Nationals in the first inning. Freeman flew out to center in the first and was then replaced in the lineup by Ehire Adrianza with Austin Riley moving across the diamond. The Braves announced that Freeman left the game as a precaution due to an upper respiratory infection.
1B Freddie Freeman was removed from tonight’s game as a precaution with an upper respiratory infection.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 7, 2021
The Braves obviously can’t afford to be without Freeman for any length of time. He has been scorching of late and that slow start to the 2021 season is now no more than a distant memory. He’s appeared in 110 games and is hitting .295/.396/.505 with 24 home runs and a 137 wRC+.
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports that Freeman experienced some dizziness in the first inning which would explain his early departure.
Freeman exited after feeling dizzy following his first inning at-bat. The Braves say he has an upper respiratory infection.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 7, 2021
Bowman also reports that Freeman was feeling sick for most of the day but was hoping that he would be able to get through the game.
Freeman was feeling sick most of the day. He was just hoping to get through tonight's game, but had to exit after feeling dizzy.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 7, 2021