Freddie Freeman may find himself in unfamiliar territory when he comes off the disabled list.
With newly acquired first baseman Matt Adams now a fixture in Atlanta’s lineup, having put up a 1.018 OPS in 28 games since coming over from the St. Louis Cardinals, the Braves are discussing the possibility of moving Freeman over to third base upon his return from the disabled list, according to manager Brian Snitker.
“We’re discussing that internally, because the fact is, Freddie will be back,” Snitker told MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. “There are some options there, because it would be nice to have both of those guys in the lineup somehow.”
Freeman, who has been sidelined since fracturing his wrist May 17, logged five games at third base with his club’s Gulf Coast League affiliate in 2007, his first season of professional baseball, but hasn’t played a position other than first base since. He did play some third in high school, though.
“We can’t rule out anything,” Snitker said.
The Braves will have plenty of time to weigh their options, as Freeman – hitting .341/.461/.748 with 14 homers when he landed on the disabled list – will likely require another four weeks of recovery time.
“We’re trying to explore all of the options and see what is best for everybody,” Snitker said.