ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals rookie third baseman David Freese was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, because of a bone bruise to his right ankle.
The Cardinals also recalled right-handed reliever Fernando Salas from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday. Salas is in his third stint with the team, this time returning after only three days with Memphis.
Manager Tony La Russa said he'll probably keep 13 pitchers and four extra players for the rest of the seven-game homestand even if one of the position players, outfielder Ryan Ludwick, missed his sixth start in seven days with a left calf injury and might not start until the weekend.
"Less moves to second-guess," the manager said. "It's a lot worse to pitch pitchers that shouldn't be pitching and get beat and have your pitching staff get beat up, than to tell a guy to be careful running the bases."
The 27-year-old Freese is batting .296 with four homers and 36 RBIs. Freese has been hampered by the ankle injury since early June.
"I took some time off and felt I was ready to come back and it started hurting bad," Freese said. "It just wasn't helping, me being out there."
Felipe Lopez and Aaron Miles are likely to see the majority of the playing time at third base. Lopez started there Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. La Russa said he also could use catcher Yadier Molina at that spot.
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