Cardinals' Freese Out With Broken Hand, Must Have Hurt
St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese watches a ball go foul for a strike in the first inning against the Houston Astros in a baseball game Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Houston. Freese singled on the at-bat. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) By Pat Sullivan
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese tags out Cincinnati Reds' Miguel Cairo as he attempts to steal third during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 22, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Curry) By Jeff Curry
The St. Louis Cardinals are scrambling to figure out who will play 3rd base for the next month or so. A fastball high and inside hit David Freese on the back of his left hand breaking a bone. As of Monday morning he was still deciding whether to have surgery, but either way he's going to the DL.
A St. Louis doctor gave me some insight into the injury. It sounds painful. You see guys get hit by pitches all the time, but you don't always hear about them breaking bones. Freese's hand was clenching the bat when it was hit by the fastball and that made it more susceptible for a break. So his hand was in the process of contortion when hit by a fast moving object.
At this point Tony La Russa isn't saying who will play 3rd base so it will be interesting to see who gets the start tonight against Florida. His options include Tyler Greene hitting .250, Daniel Descalso hitting .226, and Nick Punto hitting .222. It was interesting to see Albert Pujols moved over to 3rd for part of the game Sunday. Freese will be missed. He was hitting .358 with 2 HRs and 14 RBI.