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David Freese will begin the season on the disabled list

Mar 26, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Whatever optimism the Cardinals had yesterday surrounding David Freese‘s back injury disappeared quickly, as the team announced that he’ll begin the season the disabled list.

Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the current hope is for Freese to be activated on April 8 for the home opener, which would mean missing a total of just six games.

Freese, who suffered the injury three weeks ago while diving into the stands, got an anti-inflammatory injection after an MRI exam showed no structural damage. He played a career-high 144 games last season, hitting .293 with 20 homers and an .839 OPS while making his first All-Star appearance.

  1. digbysellers - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    No closer, no 3rd baseman, and little Petey starting the year at SS…looks like a tough opening week for my Red Birds.

    • gibbyfan - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      not to mention no Carp…..

    • paperlions - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Eh, no Motte for a few weeks isn’t a big deal, Boggs and Rosenthal are as good.

      They have plenty of 3B options. Craig came up as a 3B, so he could slide over there and Adams could play 1B a game or two, otherwise Carpenter (who also came up as a 3B) can move back there and Descalso will play more. They have plenty of options that aren’t significant downgrades.

      • okwhitefalcon - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        “otherwise Carpenter (who also came up as a 3B) can move back there and Descalso will play more”

        That appears to be the way they’ll go initially..

      • spudchukar - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        I cannot think of any other team that would be impacted less by the temporary loss of their ace, closer, third baseman, and possibly right fielder.

      • okwhitefalcon - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        It’s nice to have options but we’ve got no idea of the level of impact these injuries will have.

        They’ve got major pieces missing with unproven.inexpereinced replacements – it’s a crap shoot until it’s not I suppose.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    I’m not sure anyone that’s followed this didn’t see this coming, especially after yesterdays alleged optimism that he may avoid the DL – that’s like a precursor to eminent doom.

    Anyway..

    Time to see how a few of the interchangeable parts fit into the puzzle.

    Adapt and move on.

  3. spudchukar - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    At first this was supposed to be a bruised tailbone, a painful, but hardly worrisome setback. Now the Cards are suggesting the problem might be a few vertebrae higher. Hard to get much info these days from St. Louis regarding injuries. The brass has taken on New England Patriot approach to injury reporting.

    • okwhitefalcon - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      I don’t mind the cloak of silence approach really, less is more sometimes.

      With that in mind…

      The ever present “initial optimism turned harsh reality” angle has become beyond predictable.

  4. cintiphil - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    You guys have to stop the crying. We have a lot of problems in cinti. Queto’s back is still a question mark. Homer just got bomed yesterday and Chapman is back in the B-P. Our starters are not doing well in Spring ball and we have plenty of injuries, with No back-up of any repute. The Reds are also starting with the Angels for the opener. The Reds will start off the season a couple of games behind, and I hope they can catch up.

    • stlsportsfan84 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      From the look of the comments most people are saying this will be fine and just chug along. Not sure who “you guys” that you are referring to consists of. Should be a good battle in the NL Central, Reds are out in front to start to year (in my eyes) but should be closely contested most of the way.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      Phil…
      Based upon virtually every post on this article stating they should be fine…
      I gotta’ assume you are joking. Otherwise…cry me a river with your “fabricated” issues with the Redlegs. LOL!

  5. unclemosesgreen - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Hey Cards – you know who played 8 games at 3rd base last year? Yuniesky Betancourt, that’s who.

    • umrguy42 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Don’t even think of such a thing…

  6. gibbyfan - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Gotta like Paper’s idea of maybe getting some playing times for Adams and putting Craig on third —

    • spudchukar - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      I wonder who stays with the Big Club, with Freeze starting the year on the DL? Garcia?

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Yuniesky?

      • stlsportsfan84 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        Jackson has been recalled w/ Freese on the DL. Sounds like he will backup DD/PK at middle infield w/ Carp at 3B to start.

      • spudchukar - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        Thanks.

      • paperlions - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        Moses, if you use your necromancy to make the Cardinals forget that Garcia and Jackson are both better than Betancourt….I’ll…..I’ll….I’ll be very angry.

    • okwhitefalcon - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      Craig won’t see a minute at third unless it’s an absolute emergency, ala AP.

      Carpenter, Descalso, and Jackson seem to be Plans B, C, and D beyond Freese.

  7. digbysellers - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Please no Betancourt! I haven’t gotten over the Wigginton signing yet and to add him now after the Phillies cut bait would make me eat a box of Tastycakes.

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