Freddie Freeman 'completely fine' after leaving game with wrist issue

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said Saturday that "everything is good" a day after he left a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies because of discomfort around his right hand and wrist.

The Braves said Freeman was removed after the second inning of Friday's game for precautionary reasons, after he appeared to shake his wrist after an inning-ending strikeout.

"It was not my wrist. It was just the top of my hand," Freeman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, noting that he felt discomfort after a check swing. "I was just trying to be overly cautious and felt something, so I kind of pulled myself out of the game just to make sure.

"They worked on it for 10 minutes, and I was right back into the cage to test it out, and I was completely fine. Everything is good. No problems with my wrist."

Freeman did not play Saturday but told the Journal-Constitution that he expected to be back in the lineup Sunday.

A two-time All-Star, Freeman was hampered by a right wrist injury for much of the previous season and missed 44 games. He acknowledged earlier this spring that he did not pick up a bat this offseason until Dec. 31 because of lingering pain in his wrist.

Even so, before Friday, Freeman was off to an encouraging start in spring training. He went 3-for-8 with two home runs in his first six games. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this week that he had "absolutely no pain" in his wrist and "everything feels great."

Despite his extended absence last season, Freeman led the Braves with 18 home runs and 66 RBIs while batting .276.