ATLANTA — First baseman Freddie Freeman was visibly upset that the Atlanta Braves placed him on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right oblique.
Freeman, who is hitting .417 with one homer and seven RBIs through the first five games, said team management did not tell him before making the decision.
“They didn’t even give me a choice,” Freeman said before Atlanta’s game with the Chicago Cubs. “It’s my career. I should be able to make that decision.”
Freeman said he found out after arriving at Turner Field. He was examined by the team’s medical staff Saturday after the Braves’ 6-5 victory.
“Especially this early in the season, we’re not going to take a chance to turn what would be two to three weeks into six or eight weeks by tearing that oblique area,” Braves General Manager Frank Wren said.
Fujikawa replaces Marmol as closer: In Atlanta, Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum says Carlos Marmol is out as closer and rookie Kyuji Fujikawa will take over the role.
Marmol blew a save opportunity in Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves when brothers B.J. and Justin Upton hit solo homers in the ninth.
Fujikawa didn’t fare much better in a three-run eighth that allowed Atlanta to cut the lead to 5-4, but Sveum said Fujikawa has the makeup and repertoire of a closer.
Fujikawa has 219 saves and a 1.77 ERA over 12 years with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan’s Central League.
Reddick injured: In Houston, Oakland right fielder Josh Reddick was injured after colliding into a wall trying to chase down a foul ball against the Astros.
He sprained his right wrist when he fell trying to catch the fly by Marwin Gonzalez and is listed as day to day.
Reddick said he was sore and his palm was bruised, but X-rays were negative.
Ortiz ready to play extended spring training games: Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is set to play in an extended spring training game in Fort Myers, Fla., on Monday and could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket as soon as Thursday.
Ortiz has been sidelined with heel inflammation this spring after missing much of the second half of last season with a right Achilles tendon injury.
Manager John Farrell said Ortiz ran the bases, hit in the cage and took batting practice Saturday.
Farrell said the tentative plan is for Ortiz to play in three extended spring games before joining Pawtucket.
Shortstop Stephen Drew, out with a concussion since being hit on the helmet by a pitch during a March 7 spring training game, will play Sunday and Monday at Double-A Portland before rejoining the Red Sox in time for Wednesday’s game against Baltimore. Portland’s game Saturday was postponed by cold weather and a frozen field. The Red Sox are off Tuesday.
Segura leaves with bruised left quad: In Milwaukee, Brewers shortstop Jean Segura left Sunday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a bruised left quad.
Segura was injured when Gerardo Parra made a hard slide into his leg to break up a potential double play in the third inning. Segura was down for a bit, but stayed in Sunday’s game after a brief jog in the outfield.
The injury-riddled Brewers then pulled the 23-year-old Segura before the top of the fifth, setting off a chain reaction in the infield. Former Louisiana-Lafayette standout Jonathan Lucroy came in to catch, and Martin Maldonado moved to first base. Yuniesky Betancourt went from third to first, shifting Alex Gonzalez over to shortstop.
The Brewers were already playing without sluggers Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart because of injuries.
Bautista misses third game with sore ankle: In Toronto, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was held out of the starting lineup for Sunday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, the third straight game he’s missed with a sore right ankle.
The two-time major league home-run leader twisted his ankle stepping on first base while beating out a double play in the eighth inning of Thursday’s win over Cleveland. He stayed in the game to run the bases but was replaced in right field by Rajai Davis in the ninth.
Bautista has two home runs and four RBIs in three games. He ran on the field and took batting practice Sunday but said he was still not pain-free. Manager John Gibbons said Bautista would be available to pinch hit if necessary.
Davis made his third straight start in Bautista’s place against the Red Sox.