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Freese to have ailing back examined

2013-03-24T17:30:00Z 2013-03-25T10:34:47Z Freese to have ailing back examinedBy Rick Hummel rhummel@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8196 stltoday.com

JUPITER, Fla. • Cardinals third baseman David Freese, who injured his lower back and tailbone when he tumbled in the dugout area while chasing a foul ball on March 4, will have a Magnetic Resonance Imaging exam Monday morning to address the lower back discomfort which caused him to be a late lineup scratch today.

Freese has been in and out of the lineup since being hurt and has fanned seven times in 15 at-bats since being hurt although he hit one homer.

It is very possible that Freese will not be ready to play by the April 1 opening day and if he does play any more in Florida, it likely will be in minor league games which don’t eliminate any potential disabled list days.

“I was given word right at the 11th hour that it tightened up on him,” said manager Mike Matheny.

“He was going through his normal workout and it just tightened up. Then he came in here (the clubhouse) and it seemed to tighten up even more.”

Rick is a baseball writer/columnist at the Post-Dispatch 

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