MLB Weekly Digest 5/22/17

The last week in MLB was focused on a slugger’s hot start being derailed due to an injury, a starting pitcher dealing with an ailment and an infielder lands on the disabled list for a team out west.

Braves Freeman Out 10 Weeks Due to Wrist Injury

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman started the 2017 campaign in grand fashion but won’t be swinging a bat for quite some time.

He has a fractured left wrist and will be out at least eight weeks, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Rosenthal also mentions that the injury to Freeman won’t require surgery.

The Braves issued a statement on Freeman’s injury and said he might miss up to 10 weeks:

Freeman had compiled a .341 batting average and a National League-leading 1.209 OPS in 37 games with 14 home runs and 25 RBI.

He has hit by a pitch on his left wrist in a game earlier in the week against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The loss of Freeman is significant for the Braves, considering he was off to a hot start and the club just lost their best hitter for at least two months.

Astros Place Keuchel on Disabled List with Pinched Nerve

Houston Astros starter Dallas Keuchel will miss at least one start as the team placed their ace on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a pinched nerve in his neck, per Brian McTaggart of

Keuchel has been one of the premier starters in the American League this season.

The southpaw has accumulated a 1.84 ERA in 63.2 innings, with 54 strikeouts, six home runs surrendered and a 0.86 WHIP. He is 7-0 in nine starts, limiting the opposition to a .186 batting average against.

Keuchel is bouncing back after posting a 4.55 ERA in 26 outings for the Astros in 2016.

The club is hopeful he will only miss one start, but since they have a sizable lead in the AL West, it might be smart to let his injury fully heal before activating him off the disabled list.

Dodgers Put Turner on DL with Hamstring Injury

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be without one of the best hitters on their club for the immediate future.

Justin Turner was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday with a hamstring injury, and the Dodgers recalled outfielder Brett Eibner.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts mentioned that Turner has a Grade 1 strain and is hopeful for a return in a couple of weeks, per Ken Gurnick of

Turner is hitting a robust .379 in 39 games with 53 hits, 14 extra-base hits, 17 RBIs and a .946 OPS.

The hitting prowess shown by the third baseman isn’t a shock as he did hit .275 with 27 homers and 90 RBIs last year for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers will miss Turner’s presence in the lineup, but they have hitters like Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, and Adrian Gonzalez to pick up the slack in his absence.

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