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Freddie Freeman was off to a torrid start in 2013.
It's going to be a little while before we see Freddie Freeman at first base for the Atlanta Braves, as the 23-year-old was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.
Freeman didn't hold back when speaking to reporters upon learning of the news:
They didn't even give me a choice. It's my career. I should be able to make that decision. They didn't even tell me anything. I don't know what's going on. I'm pretty [angry] right now. It's not hurt to the point where I can't play. I can play just fine. At least talk to me about it. You can't just make a decision without me knowing.
Braves GM Frank Wren explained that, sometimes, a team needs to protect a player from himself:
He's a young guy that wants to play, and you appreciate that. You want him to be out there, but I think sometimes you have to protect players from themselves.
This is not one of those situations where we want to lose him for the whole first half by letting him go out and tear that oblique area, and then we're dealing with a whole different injury. We think we've caught it early enough that he should be back in two to three weeks.
Both sides have valid points, but you have to wonder if the Braves would have handled things the same way with, say, Justin Upton, or whether there would have been a discussion between management and the player before a decision was announced.
Chances are, Upton gets the courtesy of a conversation.
While I tend to side with the team on this, any player, regardless of age or tenure, deserves to be consulted and clued into the team's train of thought before a decision is made.
This is a situation that could have very easily been avoided.