MLB notes: Braves' Freeman ticked at being put on DL

Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman watches the ball after hitting a sacrifice fly against the St....

Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman watches the ball after hitting a sacrifice fly against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning of their MLB spring training baseball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. March 12, 2013. (REUTERS/Scott Audette)

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Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was not happy Sunday after the Braves placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle.

Freeman doesn't think the injury, which he began to notice on March 31 during a workout, is that serious. He expressed his displeasure to manager Freddi Gonzales before the Braves played the Chicago Cubs.

"I've got to sit now for 15 days when this is not a 15-day thing," Freeman said. "It could be a two-day thing. Now I'm out for two weeks for no reason.

"They didn't even give me a choice. It's my career. I should be able to make that decision. I walked in there and they didn't give me one."

Freeman, 23, was hitting .412 with a home run in the first five games of the season.

The Braves decided to make the move when the pain was evident on Freeman's face after his RBI single in the eighth inning Saturday night. After the game, Freeman winced when trainers touched the area.

"There really isn't a gray area when it comes to obliques," Braves general manager Frank Wren said. "Obliques are going to be a couple weeks at minimum."

Chris Johnson is expected to fill in at first for Freeman until he returns.

PUJOLS WALKS THE WALK

Albert Pujols says he will give up his quarter-billion dollar contract is he stops playing like he's capable, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Pujols signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels in 2011 but, the way he's talking now he won't be around the finish up the contract.

"God has given me ability and talent, but the day I feel like I can't compete any more on this level, I'm not going to embarrass myself," Pujols said. "I'm going to walk off. Whether that's next year, two years from now, only God knows."

It's unlikely Pujols will feel the need to retire any time soon, even though he's hitting just .188 through five games. He also started slowly in 2012 and wound up hitting .285 with 30 homers and 105 RBIs.

Braves' Freeman ticked at being put on DL

Just one week into the season, Carlos Marmol received a quick hook as the Chicago Cubs' closer. A day after Marmol blew a ninth-inning lead by giving up the tying and winning home runs in a loss to the Atlanta Braves, Marmol is out and Kyuji Fujikawa is in.

Manager Dale Sveum announced the change before Sunday's game in Atlanta. Marmol has given up five earned runs in 1 2/3 innings and has a 27.00 ERA this season. He will be used in a setup role for the foreseeable future.

"You can't complain about it," Marmol said. "They say it's better for me and for the team. I'll take it. I agree."

Fujikawa, who signed a two-year, $9.5 million contract this winter after 12 seasons in Japan, also struggled n Saturday night's loss to the Braves, giving up three runs in the eighth inning that allowed the Braves to trim a 5-1 deficit to 5-4.

BRIEFLY

Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew will likely make his season debut Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles. Drew has been out with a concussion since getting hit in the head with a pitch during a spring training game ... The Cleveland Indians optioned pitcher Trevor Bauer to triple-A Columbus after his start Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Carlos Carrasco has finished serving a suspension and will start Tuesday, forcing the Indians to send Bauer down ... The Minnesota Twins put righthanded pitcher Cole De Vries on the 15-day DL with a right forearm strain. De Vries was scratched from his start Sunday against the Orioles.

-- Sun wire services


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