06/06/12 11:00 PM ET
Chipper could start rehab stint this weekend
By David Villavicencio and Mark Bowman / MLB.com
Chipper Jones had stitches removed from his left leg on Wednesday, and the veteran third baseman could be back in Fredi Gonzalez's lineup by the start of next week.
"He hit BP and they took the stitches out," Gonzalez said. "He ran a little bit, ran 10 sprints. He'll take some ground balls and keep progressing from there."
Jones, who is batting .307 with five home runs and 24 RBIs in this season, is eligible to come off the disabled list on Friday. He had hoped to rejoin the Braves for their series against the Blue Jays this weekend, but the Yankees series that begins on Monday may be more realistic.
The Braves may choose to send Jones on a rehab assignment before activating the 40-year-old. While some teams send a player on a rehab assignment to get their timing ready, Gonzalez believes the veteran's timing will be just fine.
Gonzalez is more concerned with how Jones' legs will respond to playing every day after taking the past few weeks off to let his injury heal. If Jones continues to progress well, the Braves hope to send him on a rehab assignment soon to make sure his legs are prepared to play every day before he rejoins the big league roster.
"Best-case scenario is to get him on a rehab assignment this weekend," Gonzalez said. "We just want to make sure that he's ready and his legs are ready."
Freeman exits early with bruised finger
MIAMI -- Freddie Freeman recently returned to the lineup after dealing with eye issues, but he had to leave Wednesday's game against the Marlins with a different problem.
The 22-year-old was replaced by Eric Hinske at first base after he sustained a left index finger contusion. He is day to day.
"He got examined by Dr. [Daniel] Kanell," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He put him in a splint and did some treatment, and we'll get an X-ray tomorrow."
The Braves do not know the severity of Freeman's injury, because they could not perform an exam due to a lack of an X-ray machine at Marlins Park.
"We can't tell," Freeman said of the severity of his injury. "Obviously it doesn't feel good. Tomorrow I'm going in the morning to go see a hand specialist."
With the Braves leading, 1-0, a sliding Freeman was hit in the left hand by Jose Reyes' throw to first as the Marlins shortstop tried to turn a double play in the fourth inning.
Because of the interference, Jason Heyward was ruled out at first and Dan Uggla was not allowed to score from third.
"I slid normal and he came with the sidearm throw," Freeman said. "I couldn't believe that call, but that's whatever. I slid normal and didn't do anything different. I wasn't trying to interfere with anything. My hand was in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Uggla eventually scored on a Randall Delgado single, but Freeman went into the clubhouse with the Braves trainer and Hinske replaced him at first when the Marlins came up to bat in the bottom of the fourth.
The injury adds to what has been a very frustrating season for Freeman. After dealing with eye problems for much of the year, he was finally feeling better at the plate.
"I just finally started to feel good with my eyes and started to see the ball, and then seven at-bats later, here we go again," Freeman said. "It's just been an up-and-down season so far, but hopefully this isn't bad. We'll find out in the morning."
Reds draft son of Braves general manager Wren
ATLANTA -- Braves general manager Frank Wren has been involved with many Drafts, but before this year, he had never experienced having one of his children selected.
Wren's son, Kyle, was selected by the Reds in the 30th round on Wednesday. The 21-year-old outfielder will likely return to Georgia Tech to use at least one of his two remaining years of eligibility, but there was still a thrill involved in the selection.
"I'm happy and proud of him to be rewarded for all of his hard work," the senior Wren said. "Even though he has grown up around baseball his entire life, it is still special to see that you have been selected."
Kyle Wren possesses impressive speed and has shown great range while patrolling center field for the Yellow Jackets during the past two seasons. He might spend a second straight summer playing in the Cape Cod League.
"He's a good player" said Chris Buckley, Reds senior director of amateur scouting. "We'll have to see. He's a sophomore-eligible player at a very good school. He needs to get a little stronger. He's not a very physical guy. He kind of wore down as his season went on."
Wren said there have also discussions about his son spending the next few months dedicating himself to building strength. He is listed at 5-foot-10 and 166 pounds in the Georgia Tech media guide.
Wren hit .340 with a .412 on-base percentage and 16 stolen bases in 23 attempts during his freshman season, in 2011. This year he batted .298 with a .346 on-base percentage and 16 stolen bases in 22 attempts.
David Villavicencio is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.