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    “We expect him to be in a game sooner rather than later,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters.

    Canada was eliminated from the WBC after a 10-3 loss to Team Mexico on Wednesday, meaning Freeman ended up just missing one game for the country, which he was representing because it’s where his late mother was born and grew up.

    Freeman, 33, has been one of baseball’s most durable players throughout his 13-year career in the majors and has played in 698 out of a possible 708 regular-season games over the past five years — including the COVID-shortened 2020 season. The six-time All-Star last spent time on the injured list during the 2017 season.

    Freeman batted .325 with 21 home runs and 100 RBIs last season, his first of a six-year, $162 million contract with the Dodgers.

    The Dodgers open the season against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 30.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.