Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was cleared to start taking some swings again after a visit to Braves hand specialist Dr. Gary Lourie on Thursday morning.

Freeman was set to begin taking dry swings and to hit off the tee when the Braves held their workout Thursday afternoon after traveling to Chicago. Depending on how he felt afterward and what the Braves training staff thought, Freeman was hopeful he could play Friday when the Braves open the second half against the White Sox, or if not, then on Saturday.

“It’s feeling a lot better,” he said Thursday.

Freeman was one of four Braves starters to go down in a three-game span against the Reds last week, including Jason Heyward (strained right hamstring) on Thursday, both B.J. Upton (right adductor strain) and Justin Upton (strained left calf) on Friday, and Freeman on Saturday.

The Braves are optimisitic about getting both Heyward and Justin Upton back in the lineup on Friday against the White Sox. B.J. Upton is on the disabled list, a decision the Braves made last weekend before activating Evan Gattis from the DL.