ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 08: David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals makes the catch against the Cincinnati Reds during Opening Day on April 8, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
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
(BaseballStL) -- One day after making his season debut, David Freese was out of the starting lineup for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.
Freese missed the first five games this season recovering from a lower back strain suffered when he fell into the stands making a catch during a spring training game.
After being activated from the disabled list on Monday, Freese went hitless in three at-bats with a strikeout before being replaced by Matt Carpenter in the eighth inning of a 13-4 home-opener loss to the Reds.
“I felt good. Tough loss, but I really felt good,” Freese said on Monday.
Freese was replaced by Carpenter, who went two-for-four with two runs scored on Tuesday.