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If injuries are any indication of a team's ability to win, the St. Louis Cardinals should be in the basement of the National League Central. Instead, they are banging out the best record in baseball with four starting pitchers on the DL and more injuries continuing to pile up. David Freese, one of the main pieces of the team's offense sat out last night for the third-straight game adding to the list of injuries that should be affecting the team, but really aren't.
According to Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com, the Cardinals made a few moves before yesterday's game against the San Diego Padres. Freese was held out of the lineup, Fernando Salas was placed on the DL, and Jaime Garcia's surgery was confirmed. Freese's injury is concerning in the fact that he has not played for three days and there isn't much being said about his condition.
Freese suffered a laceration on his right thumb on Sunday while diving to apply a tag. He received stitches, but there has yet to be word on when exactly he will return to the lineup. St. Louis has won two of the three games Freese has missed - including last night's contest with the Padres.
St. Louis can ill-afford to lose Freese for much longer. They are using Matt Carpenter at third base, and he's been a competent replacement, but Freese's offense will be important to the Cardinals maintaining their first place spot in the NL Central and their best record in baseball. Freese is off to a slow start, but the only way for him to get back to his All-Star level numbers is for him to play. He is currently hitting .223/.292/.282.
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