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David Freese’s status for Opening Day in question

Mar 25, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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David Freese is slated to get an anti-inflammatory injection for his injured back today and time is running out for the Cardinals third baseman to be ready for the season, although general manager John Mozeliak told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that “Opening Day has not been ruled out.”

That quote from Mozeliak came after the Cardinals got the results of an MRI exam on Freese, but players typically remain on the sidelines for at least a couple days following injections and there are only four games remaining on the spring training schedule.

St. Louis’ depth will be tested early on because the Cardinals are suddenly very banged up.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Wonderful! Another to add to the list. Is Scott Rolen still waffling on his retirement?


  2. spudchukar - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Being assigned the injury-riddled tag is most often hyperbole, but in Freeze’s case it is apt. It is always something, and the minor bumps and bruises always escalate into bigger deals. I don’t mean to imply he
    is wimpy, I certainly do not know enough, plus it would be contrary to the rest of his character, but the truth is the guy cannot be counted on to play even 140 games and realistically 120 is more likely, which diminishes his value considerably.

    • paperlions - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Yeah, about the only thing you can say is that at least they are not “wear and tear” injuries….he always has incidents that cause them: car wrecks, diving into the stands, etc.

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