ATLANTA — The fans secondarily voted Freddie Freeman into the MLB All-Star Game, but a thumb injury will preclude the Braves first baseman from playing in the Midsummer Classic.
On Sunday, the Braves announced that Freeman would miss their game against the Reds — the season’s unofficial first-half finale — and Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York.
Freeman will, however, participate in all the festivities leading up to the game. He beat out Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig in the Final Vote.
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According to Freeman, he injured his left thumb on Saturday, after fielding Andrelton Simmons’ off-line throw to first base, prompting Freeman (nine homers, 61 RBIs, 49 runs, .308 batting average) to catch the ball, off-balance, and collide with Reds baserunner Chris Heisey.
Evan Gattis, the Braves’ red-hot rookie in April and May, will assume Freeman’s spot at first base in Sunday’s lineup. To clear his roster slot, the Braves placed B.J. Upton (adductor muscle strain) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Saturday.
Before the call-up, Gattis (14 homers, 37 RBIs) was on a rehab assignment in the minors, working through an oblique injury.