ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves placed first baseman Freddie Freeman on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right oblique.
Freeman, who his hitting .417 with one homer and seven RBIs through the first five games, said he was upset that team management did not tell him before making the decision.
He added that the injury first occurred in a workout March 31, the day before the season started, and that he wanted to keep playing through the pain.
Rookie catcher Evan Gattis took Freeman’s cleanup spot in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Third baseman Chris Johnson started at first base and was hitting seventh.
Blake DeWitt was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to take Freeman’s spot on the 25-man roster.
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons missed his second straight day with a sore right thumb. Ramiro Pena started in his spot.