The right wrist soreness that led to Freese's midgame exit on Friday kept him out of the lineup in Monday's series opener, with Matheny taking the better-safe-than-sorry approach with his third baseman.
"We're just going to try and get ahead of anything," Matheny said. "He could be playing. But when he has little things like that come up, we try and nip it in the bud."
Freese said he jammed his right wrist diving in a game late last week. The soreness began affecting him on Sunday, which is why he was lifted for a pinch-hitter for in the eighth inning of the team's 8-3 win.
"It just got more constant," Freese said of the discomfort.
Freese, who went 7-for-20 during the last homestand, is getting some treatment on the wrist. He is available to pinch-hit on Monday and said that he doesn't anticipate having to sit out again on Tuesday.