After Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman left a game early with elbow soreness for the second time in 10 days Sunday, the team announced after the game he will stay behind in Atlanta for the Braves' two-game series in Kansas City.
Freeman has been dealing with a bone spur in his right elbow, and it was recently learned the issue has persisted for years. He left a game against Washington on Sept. 13, and left in the seventh inning against San Francisco on Sunday, after picking up his 121st RBI an inning earlier.
The Braves have an off day Monday, play two in Kansas City, then have an off day Thursday before ending the regular season next weekend in New York against the Mets.
"We're actually just going to leave him here (in Atlanta)," Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters after the Braves fell to the Giants 4-1 in their final home game of the regular season. "He can stay back, get treatment and meet us in New York. It's no sense going there for two days and we're just going to make sure that thing gets back right."
"If we were starting the playoffs tomorrow, he'd be in the lineup," Snitker added.
"It is frustrating it keeps popping up as quickly as it is right now," Freeman said. "Hopefully these next four days will make it all go away and I can clear my head and have a nice series to end it before getting ready for the playoffs."
The Braves clinched the National League East on Friday, and can get no worse than the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.
Freeman, 30, leads the NL in RBIs this season, while adding 38 home runs, 112 runs scored and 174 base hits. Despite the elbow issues, he has played in 156 of Atlanta's 157 games this season.
--Field Level Media