St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese poses for a photograph during the team's photo day at spring training baseball, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) By Julio Cortez
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese fields a ground ball during the team's first full squad workout at spring training baseball, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) By Julio Cortez
(AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have activated third baseman David Freese from the 15-day disabled list in time for Monday's home opener against the Cincinnati Reds.
Freese suffered a lower back strain toward the end of spring training and missed the first six games of the season in Arizona and San Francisco. He appeared in three games with Triple-A Memphis on a rehab assignment. He was 3-for-5 with two RBIs Sunday against Oklahoma City.
The Cardinals optioned infielder Ryan Jackson to Memphis to make room.