Cardinals prospect David Freese is expected to be out at least two months following surgery on the ankle that has bothered him since the off season, the team has announced.
Freese, who the Birds picked up in exchange for Jim Edmonds prior to the 2008 season, was the favorite going into spring training to win the starting job at third base with Troy Glaus on the shelf following shoulder surgery. But Freese was in a winter car accident and showed up at camp with a limp.
The problem never got better, and it looked as if Freese was going to have to be put on indefinite rest to try to get the sore ankle straightened out. Instead, it was decided that he should have arthroscopic surgery to clean it up.
Freese was hitting .244 with a pair of homer in Memphis. His absence cleared way for the promotion of the Cardinals other third base prospect, Bret Wallace who is hitting .471 in four games since being promoted from Class AA Springfield.