The Cardinals have held up at third base better than in the rotation, thanks to the presence of super-utility infielder Felipe Lopez, but with Skip Schumaker and Brendan Ryan still struggling in the middle infield, third baseman David Freese's imminent return is still a major boon for a team that needs one.â†µ
Which is why... which is why... oh, just tell me, already, Leach:â†µ
According to manager Tony La Russa, Freese was working out in the gym when he dropped a plate on his toe.â†µ
The toe injury might not affect the timetable for Freese's return, which was not expected until late July, at the earliest, with the ankle injury.â†µ
Seriously? Every so often I look at certain baseball players—Ichiro, for instance—and wonder how it's possible that an athlete can be so skilled, so coordinated, so grateful. Freese may be able to hit a ball the other way like few other rookies, but I will never wonder how it's possible to be so skilled, so coordinated, so grateful as a man who gets into single-car accidents and drops weights on his big toe.