Willie Springer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Instead of sending someone to the disabled like they usually have been doing all season, the Cardinals, who have dropped 12 out of their last 15, get back third baseman David Freese and infielder Nick Punto. The Cardinals optioned infielder Pete Kozma and outfielder Andrew Brown to Memphis (AAA) to make room on the 25-man roster for Freese and Punto.

Freese has been sidelined since May 2 by a left hand fracture. Freese, 28, was batting .356 with 2 homers and 14 RBI in 25 games before being injured on May 1 when he was hit by a pitch on his left hand. He went 3-13 with a double and RBI in his four games at Memphis during his rehab assignment over the past week. Plus, Freese has shown to have a solid glove at the hot corner with a career .953 fielding percentage in 94 total games.

slp2011051614 Freese And Punto Activated

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Punto has been out since May 18 with a right forearm strain. He batted .262 with 4 doubles, 2 triples and 11 RBI in 25 games. At Springfield (AA) over the past week, Punto went 8-24 with a double and 2 RBI’s in 7 games. The utility infielder has played the most at second base with 18 games. This season, the Cardinals have used 6 different players at second.

The Cardinals begin a six-game interleague road trip to Baltimore and Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.

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