ATLANTA -- First baseman Freddie Freeman returned to the Braves' lineup
Wednesday after scratches in both eyes forced him to miss Tuesday's 6-2 victory against the Reds.
Freeman said he had been dealing with eye trouble since the Braves visited Colorado two weekends ago, but the injury was not diagnosed until he had to leave Monday's game after the seventh inning. He visited Alan Kozarsky, the Braves' eye doctor, that night and received antibiotic eye drops that healed the scratches.
Kozarsky cleared Freeman to play after Freeman was able to wear his contacts for 35 minutes Wednesday morning without a problem. Freeman said he immediately texted manager Fredi Gonzalez.
"I said, 'I'm good,'" Freeman said. "And I'm in [the lineup], so that's all that counts."
As a result of the incident, Freeman will get a pair of glasses he can wear on the field in case he can't wear contacts for some reason. He expects to receive them tomorrow.
Freeman is just happy to be playing again after missing just his second game of the season.
"It's not fun at all," he said. "It's hard to sit in the dugout when you're groomed to play every day."
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