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Cards: Freese has surgery, Miller has arm strain

Sep 8, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT

The Cardinals got a helping of bad news Wednesday. Kick a team while its down? According to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, left-handed reliever Trever Miller flew back to St. Louis on Wednesday after...

The Cardinals got a helping of bad news Wednesday.  Kick a team while its down?

According to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, left-handed reliever Trever Miller flew back to St. Louis on Wednesday after complaining of discomfort and was diagnosed with a strained muscle in his throwing arm.  Hummel says that Miller will be sidelined for “at least several more days.”  Our guess is he won’t return for another two weeks, if not more.

It gets worse.  Hummel also reports that third baseman David Freese underwent a procedure to repair ligament damage in his right ankle Wednesday in Vail, Colorado.  Freese just had left ankle surgery in August and the combination of the two could hurt his availability for the start of the 2010 season.

Freese, a 27-year-old rookie, posted a solid .296/.361/.404 batting line, four home runs and 36 RBI in 240 at-bats before hitting the disabled list for good on June 29.

Miller, 37, has a 4.02 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 31.1 innings.  He’s held left-handed hitters to a .203/.292/.266 batting line.

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