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 (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have activated third baseman David Freese and utilityman Nick Punto from the 15-day disabled list.
Freese played only four games for Triple-A Memphis during a rehab assignment from a broken left hand that has sidelined him since May 1. Punto played in seven games with Double-A Springfield while rehabbing from a right forearm strain.
Infielder Pete Kozma and outfielder Andrew Brown were optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
The Cardinals have lost 12 of 15 heading into six-game interleague trip to Baltimore and Tampa Bay.
Freese was batting .356 with two homer and 14 RBIs in 25 games and is expected to add depth to the middle of a lineup minus Albert Pujols. Punto, who could help at second base, was batting .262 with four doubles, two triples and 11 RBIs in 25 games.
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