Freddie Freeman, the National League's home run leader, has a fractured left wrist that will sideline him at least two months, according to a published report.
Fox Sports reports that exams Thursday revealed Freeman suffered the fracture when he was struck by an Aaron Loup pitch during the Braves' victory Wednesday night. It's a devastating blow for an Atlanta Braves team built around Freeman, 27, who's the lone long-term veteran building block as the club rings in the first year of SunTrust Park.
In a statement, the team said Freeman's wrist will be placed in a cast for four weeks. He is expected to miss about 10 weeks of action.
Freeman was batting .341 with an NL-best 14 home runs and a 1.209 on base plus slugging.
The team has recalled infielder Rio Ruiz from Triple-A Gwinnett. Ruiz has posted a .262 batting average with 12 doubles, four homers and 16 RBIs in 37 games this season for the G-Braves.