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Freese, Punto activated

Hopefully the Cardinals will get a much needed boost for the offense today with the announcement that David Freese and Nick Punto have been activated from the disabled list.

Freese was hitting better than .350 when he was hit by a pitch and left shelved with a broken bone in his hand. He's not a big power guy. But the Cardinals still have plenty of pop in Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman. What they need is guys who can get on base to put pressure on the other team and guys who can hit with men on base to get the merry go round going.

Punto has never been a big hitter. But he should also help a great deal in that he's the best defensive infielder the Cardinals have besides Albert Pujols. And he will give the club a lot of flexibility because of his ability to play several positions and his switch hitting bat. Presumably we'll see the same effect from Freese pushing Daniel Descalso from third base to a utility spot.

Infielder Pete Kozma -- whose most noteworthy career accomplishment is throwing the bad ball to first base that resulted in the collision that broke Pujols' arm -- and outfielder Andrew Brown were optioned to Class AAA Memphis to make room on the active roster.