Unfortunately for Freeman, it's the second time in as many seasons he's been banged up to a noteworthy degree. The first came last May, when he suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist after he was hit by a pitch.
Now 17 appearances into the 2018 season, Freeman is hitting .288 with two home runs and 12 runs batted in for a Braves team on the rise.
Should Freeman hit the shelf for an extended stretch again, the Braves will be hard-pressed to replace his pure power at the plate.
As far as a contingency is concerned, utility infielder Charlie Culberson should be in the mix to slide in and operate as the Braves' stopgap starter.