Jul 11, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) hits an RBI double in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Freddie Freeman Injured; Will Miss All-Star Game

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman will be foregoing the 2013 All-Star Game due to a minor injury to his left thumb.

Freeman hurt the thumb last night when the Braves played the Cincinnati Reds. Freeman was hurt when he reached out to snag a ball thrown by shortstop Andrelton Simmons and has is glove hit by runner Chris Heisey.

The injury isn’t serious, according to Freeman (via ESPN):

I guess my thumb was in the wrong place. It’s just one of those freak injuries I seem to run into every year. I can still bend it and do everything. It’s not too bad, so I’m just going to take a day off and see how it goes.

However, Freeman also acknowledged that he owes it to his teammates to skip the All-Star Game:

I’ve got to look out for the best interests of this team, so I’ve got to be available to play in the second half. If I can’t play in the All-Star Game, we’re better off if I’m able to play in the second half.

Freeman, of course, beat out phenom Yasiel Puig in the fan voting to win the All-Star spot.

[Source: ESPN]

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