Cardinals 3, Mets 2
David Freese said his back still feels a bit stiff, but he
didn’t show any signs of lingering issues when he returned to the
field for the first time in a week.
Freese led off the fourth inning with a long home run and the
St. Louis Cardinals went on to beat the New York Mets 3-2 on
Freese had been out since March 14 with back stiffness stemming
from a hard fall he took while chasing a foul ball. The 2011 World
Series MVP played five innings at third base.
”It’s a little stiff, but I think that was expected,” Freese
said. ”It’s fine. I’ll keep going and get ready.”
Freese’s home run came on a fastball from Mets starter Jeremy
Hefner, who was starting in place of Shaun Marcum. Marcum received
a cortisone shot in his shoulder Tuesday because of what he called
tightness, and he said he expects to miss just one turn in the
Freese said he was a little surprised to get such a solid swing
on a pitch so quickly in his return. He said he doesn’t feel too
”I got a good swing on it,” Freese said. ”There were a couple
guys smashing them today.”
Mets infielder Justin Turner also got a hit in his return from
injury after an ankle sprain Saturday kept him from the lineup. He
had a pinch-hit single in the sixth, then showed he was OK by
running from first to third on a hit.
”He ran the bases this morning, and he looked great,” Mets
manager Terry Collins said. ”Justin is ready to go.”
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright got off to a smooth start,
allowing just two runners through the first three innings. He made
some adjustments after surrendering a two-run triple to Matt den
Dekker in the fourth.
Wainwright gave up two runs on three hits with three walks and
three strikeouts in 4 2-3 innings. He said he was experimenting a
little in his next-to-last start before opening day.
”I’m right where I need to be,” Wainwright said. ”I had only
walked two guys all spring training, and I think I walked more
today than I had all spring, but today I wanted to work on a lot of
things – my changeup.”
NOTES: Cardinals C Yadier Molina and OF Carlos Beltran received
an extra day off to rest from what manager Mike Matheny called ”a
strenuous travel schedule” while playing in the World Baseball
Classic. They are expected to work out Friday and return to the