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Sunday, April 7, 2013

St. Louis Cardinals: David Freese will likely be activated for home opener

The St. Louis Cardinals have played the first two series of the year without third baseman and 2011 World Series hero David Freese, who started the season on the disabled list with a sore back.

But it does not look as though the Cardinals will have to wait much longer to get him back. The first time the fans of St. Louis get to greet the 2013 team, they will see David Freese in the home whites as well.

It is widely believed that Freese will be activated for Monday's home opener at Busch Stadium against division rival Cincinnati Reds.

The return of Freese to the lineup means Ryan Jackson, who has just one plate appearance so far this year, will likely be headed back to Memphis.

Freese's return also has other ramifications as it likely means that Matt Carpenter will slide over to second base more regularly. Carpenter got his first start of the season at second base on Sunday afternoon against the Giants.

Freese, who has a reputation of being injury prone, appeared in 144 games for the Cardinals and hit .293 with 20 home runs and 79 RBIs.

Freese's presence will likely provide the Cardinals' lineup with a boost at the bottom of the order and make it even more difficult for the opposition to handle. His return also is very timely as every game against the National League Central division-favorite Cincinnati Reds is very important.