Cardinals place 3B David Freese on disabled list
The St. Louis Cardinals put third baseman David Freese on the
15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a lower back strain, and
hoped he would heal in time for the home opener April 8 against
Freese joined St. Louis closer Jason Motte on the DL. The
Cardinals earlier this spring lost shortstop Rafael Furcal for the
year with an elbow injury and pitcher Chris Carpenter with a
potential career-ending nerve injury.
Utilityman Matt Carpenter is expected to start the season at
third in place of Freese, the 2011 World Series and NL championship
series MVP. Freese, who will be 30 next month, hit .293 with career
best of 20 homers, 79 RBIs and 144 games last season.
Carpenter played at five positions last year and added second
base this spring. He batted .294 with six homers and 46 RBIs in 296
at-bats last year. Carpenter, 27, has 26 career starts in two
seasons at third.
Infielder Ryan Jackson was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.
Left-hander Sam Freeman was optioned to Triple-A.
In 12 spring training games, Freese was batting .267 with two
home runs and five RBIs. The move was retroactive to Saturday
Jackson was optioned to the minors on March 17 after appearing
in 17 spring training games. Freeman made two exhibition