Atlanta 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.
"It's not hurt to the point that I can't play," he said. "I'm playing just fine."
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 retrns.
To fill the roster spot, the Braves called up utility infielder Blake DeWitt from triple-A Gwinnett.