By Eric Schmidt

As the Atlanta Braves open their spring training for the 2013 season in Florida, the hopeful team is happy to finally have a fully healthy first baseman back this year. Freddie Freeman suffered a serious bruise to his left index finger in the middle of last season after being struck by a Jose Reyes throw while he was sliding. He battled with the injury for the remainder of the season and he had to adjust his swing. He told reporters that he is finally healthy and is looking forward to the 2013 season.

Freeman said that shortly after the first of the year he could finally make a fist with his hand and began hitting last month. “I started hitting with Dan Uggla last month. It was a lot of fun knowing that I was fully healthy,” said Freeman.

Freeman told reporters that he believes he has rectified a situation that bothered him for much of last season as well, his vision. The first baseman told reporters that he has finally found a pair of contact lenses that are comfortable and he has ordered a special pair of clear Oakley glasses to wear while playing this season.

Freeman is hoping to improve on his .262 batting average last season and could be poised for a breakout season.

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