Freese done for season

ST. LOUIS —  The Cardinals received very bad news on David Freese on Tuesday, learning that the rookie third baseman requires surgery to repair tendon damage in his troublesome right ankle. Freese will miss the remainder of the season.
Freese, 27, was a valuable member of the Cardinals’ offense when he was healthy, and it appeared he was close to a return to active duty. But while playing in a Minor League rehabilitation game at Double-A Springfield on Monday, he re-injured the ankle. He was removed from the game and returned to St. Louis. According to general manager John Mozeliak, it is a new injury in the same area as the one that landed him on the disabled list in the first place.
Following an examination on Tuesday, it was determined that Freese will need surgery.
That would be bad news for the Redbirds under any circumstances, but it’s doubly troubling in light of the trade the club made over the weekend. St. Louis sent outfielder Ryan Ludwick to the Padres in order to acquire pitcher Jake Westbrook from Cleveland, and Freese’s imminent return appeared that it would soften some of the blow to the offense from that deal. With Freese lost for the season, the pressure may increase on the team’s front office to make an upgrade to the offense.
Freese last played on June 27. He hit .296 with a .361 on-base percentage and a .404 slugging percentage this year. Felipe Lopez has been manning third base for the most part in his absence.
-M.

5 Comments

This are some bad and disappointing news but now let me ask you a question, what are the chances for the F.O. to call up Joe Mather? he seems to be playing well at AAA and he brings versatility in the outfield and he can play 3rd!! I know it is risky since he struggled but if Mather knows now that David can’t play for the season, he will manage to take over and perform and help out a struggling offense! This way Felipe can be used as the star utility player he is? your thoughts!!

thanks again for all you do to keep all cardinal fans updated!

I thought when the cardinals signed in Mcquire he to be player, coach. So,why not move Pujols to third base and put Mcquire at first. By doing this the cardinals can save money for reliever to be used in the pennant race.

The cardinals by having Mcquire in the lineup this would give them the offense and defensive they are missing, especaially in the series against the Astros.

Also, would be nice to Mcquire back out playing again.

Hey M, I know this would be a long shot but is there any chance the Redbirds go after Dan Uggla through the waiver deadline? Keep up the good work as always

* I’m about the biggest Mather backer you’ll find, but he’s just not really hitting down there. I’d like to see Craig get some chances at 3B.

* McGwire: not happening.

* Uggla: VERY long shot, just because the Marlins aren’t a motivated seller. Would take a lot to get him, assuming he cleared waivers.

-M.

Losing David Freeze is a total shame both for the team and him. So far we are doing pretty well spotting people.
How about the series with the Reds! It doesn’t mean that the race is over, but it sure sends a great message. Don’t jack with the Redbirds! The onfield incident is a shame, but is part of the game. Hate to know anyone was kicking in the fracus. As far as Phillips is concerned, one doesn’t whiz in other’s breakfast cereal then offer them a bite!
The sweep was one of the sweetest ones that I can remember having in quite a while. Now let’s hope that the other starters control their stuff and contribute to the cause.

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