ATLANTA (AP) - Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is not playing for the third straight day because of dry eyes and blurry vision.
Freeman said Monday he can't wear contacts because his tear ducts aren't producing. He can't wear glasses when playing because he can't see when hitting from his closed stance.
He hopes sports goggles will arrive by Tuesday and fix the problem. He says he must resolve the issue with his tear ducts before he can consider Lasik surgery.
The eye trouble began in a three-game series in Colorado on May 4-6. Since then, Freeman's average has plummeted from .298 to .247.
He has only one hit in his last 17 at-bats. Eric Hinske is starting at first base against St. Louis.