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1B Freddie Freeman (left thumb) didn't play on July 14 after hurting the thumb on his glove hand on a tag in the first inning July 13. Initial X-rays were negative, but it was decided that he wouldn't play in the All-Star Game on July 17.

1B Freddie Freeman sat out Sunday's game against the Reds because of swelling in his left thumb and won't play in Tuesday's All-Star Game. He was hurt making a tag in the first inning Saturday. "Just one of those freak injuries I seem to run into every single year," he said. Freeman will still travel to New York for the All-Star Game. He won the final vote for a spot on the National League team. Freeman is hitting .308 overall and .433 with runners in scoring position.

RHP Julio Teheran had a streak of five straight quality starts snapped as he allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Reds on Sunday. He had come in with a 1.79 ERA in his previous seven home starts and a 2.33 ERA over his last 14 games overall. The loss dropped the rookie's record to 7-5 and jumped his ERA to 3.35. He allowed seven hits, including two homers, walked two and struck out three.

C Evan Gattis, who went on the disabled list June 18 with a right oblique strain, was activated Sunday and started in place of 1B Freddie Freeman against the Reds, going 0-for-4. Gattis played two rehab games for Triple-A Gwinnett, going 1-for-8 with a double and three strikeouts. Gattis leads all National League rookies with 14 homers and 37 RBIs.

RHP Tim Hudson, who turned 38 on Sunday, will go for a third victory in a row on Friday when the Braves resume play after the All-Star break against the White Sox in Chicago. Hudson, 6-7 with a 4.02 ERA, had gone 10 starts without a victory before beating the Phillies and Reds in his past two starts. The winless streak included six losses, putting Hudson in danger of his first losing season in a 15-year career. He reached 200 career victories early this season.

CF B.J. Upton (right abductor strain) left the game on July 12 after landing awkwardly trying to make a catch of a sinking liner and was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 14 retroactive to July 13.

CF B.J. Upton was placed on the disabled list Sunday with a right abductor strain. He was hurt when he tried to make a diving catch on a sinking liner Friday. "It's not a big deal with that All-Star break coming up, and I just need a little more time to get healthy," Upton said of going on the DL. Signed to a five-year deal worth $75.2 million in the offseason, Upton had a miserable first half. His average was .177 and he drove in just 20 runs.

C Brian McCann was selected by National League manager Bruce Bochy of the Giants to replace Freeman in the All-Star Game. It will be his seventh appearance. McCann missed the first month coming back from shoulder surgery, but is .291 with 12 homers and 32 RBIs in 53 games. "A lot of hard work went into coming back," he said. "All the rehab I went through was worth it."

LF Justin Upton (left calf strain) left the game on July 12 in the seventh inning when he pulled up lame running out a grounder. He was listed as day to day after being evaluated July 13 and could be back after the All-Star break.

RF Jason Heyward (right hamstring strain) left the game on July 11 in the second inning after being hurt sliding into third base. He was evaluated on July 12 and listed as day-to-day. He is expected to be able to play immediately after the All-Star break.

OF Jordan Schafer (right ankle contusion) went on the 15-day disabled list July 4 after fouling a pitch off his ankle June 26 at Kansas City. Further examination of Schafer's ankle revealed a fracture and he isn't expected to return until late August.

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