Tag:David Freese
Posted on: May 1, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2011 7:45 pm

Freese breaks bone in hand

By Matt Snyder

Cardinals third baseman David Freese broke a bone in his left hand Saturday when he was hit by an errant Scott Linebrink fastball. He's headed to the disabled list Monday, in all likelihood, and may even require surgery to correct the injury. (MLBlogs )

With Nick Punto and Skip Schumaker also injured, the Cardinals' infield is paper thin. Daniel Descalso will be the third baseman with Freese out while Tyler Greene will man second. That alignment (with Ryan Theriot at shortstop) leaves the Cardinals without any viable backups at second, third or short. Interestingly, Albert Pujols played third with Lance Berkman at first late in the game Sunday, though that doesn't seem like a realistic move for a full game, considering Pujols hadn't played across the diamond since 2002.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: February 22, 2011 6:08 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 6:30 pm

Punto undergoes surgery, out three months

The Cardinals' infield just got a bit thin.

Nick Punto, who was brought in to serve as a bit of an insurance policy for David Freese at third base, will be out three months after having to undergo surgery on a sports hernia, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports .

Punto wasn't just there to spell Freese, as he could also help out at second base behind Skip Schumaker -- so the overall infield depth is affected.

Freese is still set to be the Cardinals' everyday third baseman for the upcoming season, but he was riddled with injuries last year. He missed the final two months and only played 70 games total due to ankle injuries. He did hit .296/.361/.404 when actually on the field and many believe his upside is much higher. He just needs to stay on the field. Reports thus far from spring training have Freese as "limited" and "questionable" for opening day.

With Punto out of the mix for a while, the Cardinals will have to lean on some combination of Allen Craig and Tyler Greene to provide depth behind Schumaker, Freese and Ryan Theriot around the non-Pujols infield spots.

Tony La Russa has had good fortune for years in mixing and matching seemingly also-ran players in these infield spots -- Aaron Miles comes to mind -- so it might not end up being a huge problem, but this is definitely something to monitor in St. Louis.

-- Matt Snyder

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 3:39 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 5:32 pm

Freese's rehab from ankly surgeries going well

Freese Trades, free agents and rumors are the topic du jour this week at the Winter Meetings, but there's plenty of other things happening, too.

One is David Freese's rehab from injury. The 27-year-old rookie was off to a good start in 2010 with a .296/.361/.404 mark in 270 plate appearances but went down with two ankle injuries that required surgery.

But Freese is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

"Everyday I’m getting closer to being full strength," Freese told FOX Sports Midwest . "Having six months to get ready makes this a lot easier because we can take our time with everything and make sure we do it the right way. Everything is promising. About a week or two ago I realized that I will be completely healthy if everything stays on the same road and I’m real excited about that."

Freese isn't ready to play, however.

"I’m not running 100 percent yet," he added. "We’re still doing agility and stuff. We’re taking it slow but like I said everything is progressing nicely and honestly I think we’re ahead of schedule with everything. We’ve been ahead of schedule ever since we got going. Honestly I wake up every morning not worried about how my feet are going to feel. We should be full-go way before spring training, which is promising."

Despite Freese's injury troubles, the club is still expected to hand him the starting third base job again, and the righty is hoping he can finally help the Cards over a full season.

“Coming up to the big leagues, getting injured right away for pretty much two full seasons, it's tough, but they are letting me stick around and that shows that they have confidence in what I can do when I’m healthy. My main goal is to get out there and get as many games played as I can and if I can get out there and play a full season, I think we’ll be alright. I want to help this team get back to the playoffs.”

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 2:18 pm

Cardinals have eye on Tejada

Miguel Tejada As the St. Louis Cardinals eye the approaching season as perhaps Albert Pujols' last, finding complementary players to surround Pujols on a quest for a World Series is paramount.

The club intends to improve two of the three infield spots of second, short and third and are eyeing Miguel Tejada as a possible solution as the Chicago Tribune reports.

Tejada, who split 2010 between the Orioles as a third baseman and Padres as a shortstop, could fill either position for St. Louis. If he was to go to the Gateway City, the Cards would be able to put third baseman David Freese and shortstop Brendan Ryan in a spring training battle on who wins their respective position and slot Tejada in the other.

Tejada had his problems in Baltimore, struggling to a .269/.308/.362 line in 401 at-bats and strugglng in an adjustment to third. However, for the Pads and a severe pitcher's park, he was able to hit .268/.317/.413 in 235 AB and showing he can still pick it at short.

While Tejada playing third would allow the Cardinals to go with defensive guru Brendan Ryan at short, Ryan struggled to a pathetic .223/.279/.294 line 496 plate appearances. A combined OPS under .600 with that many trips to the plate can't be handed a starting job, even if coming off a .292/.340/.400 line in 2009.

St. Louis does have David Freese, who was a 27-year-old rookie and looked like he could be a big part of the team in 2010 by going .296/.361/.404 in 270 plate appearances, but an injury cut his season short. He appears better suited to come off the bench, so the club will have to speak to Tejada before signing him and determine if the 2002 MVP would be willing to play at third again.

St. Louis will have competition for Tejada, as it is known the Padres are interested in bringing him back to the team. It may have seemed unfathomable at the trade deadline, but Miggy is back in demand.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 12:23 am
Edited on: August 6, 2010 12:23 am

Cardinals interested in Pirates' LaRoche

Andy LaRoche With rookie David Freese out for the rest of the season, the Cardinals are looking at the Pirates' Andy LaRoche.

Assuming LaRoche clears waivers, the Cardinals could trade for the third baseman, writes Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review .

LaRoche is hitting .223/.290/.299 with three homers and 14 RBI. He will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason.

With Pittsburgh's top prospect, Pedro Alvarez, playing in the big leagues, LaRoche has been relegated to a pinch-hitter role. He's only started one game since the All-Star break.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 5:04 pm

Cardinals place Freese on DL

Cardinals rookie David Freese was placed on the disabled list by the team today with a sprained ankle. The move is retroactive to Monday, when he was held out of the lineup.

Freese stepped in and played well for the Cardinals, hitting .296/.361/.404. Those numbers were better before the ankle injury. Freese is hitting .220 with no home runs (and just one extra-base hit) since stepping awkwardly on a base in a game against the Brewers.

The Cardinals called up reliever Fernando Salas to take Freese's spot on the roster. Salas was optioned Friday to make room for reliever Adam Ottavino.

Felipe Lopez is starting for the Cardinals a third base tonight.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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