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Spring Training 2011: David Freese Has Two Hits In Grapefruit League Return

The St. Louis Cardinals likely won't allow themselves to exhale until David Freese has played 140 games as their starting third baseman in 2011, but he passed a major milestone in his return from surgery on both ankles Monday afternoon, starting at third and picking up two hits in the St. Louis Cardinals' 10-4 win over the Minnesota Twins

A number of Freese's potential replacements at third also played well, offering some consolation for the team in the event of Freese's continued injury problems. Matt Carpenter, who hit .316/.412/.487 in his 105 game stint with the AA Springfield Cardinals last season, replaced Freese at third and went 2-2; Allen Craig, starting in right field with Lance Berkman still a DH, hit 2-4; and Daniel Descalso, a second baseman who spent some time at third in his first Major League cup of coffee, was 1-2 with a double in a late-innings appearance. 

Jake Westbrook was much-improved in his second start of Spring Training, throwing 3.2 innings while allowing one run and no walks.