June 24, 2011
The St. Louis Cardinals have clearly not had the best luck this season, at least in terms of team health. They've already lost the rotation's best starter (Wainwright) and the planet's best hitter (Pujols) due to injuries.
But if things go according to plan, the Cards' lineup will add a significant bat next week, when third baseman David Freese(notes) returns from the disabled list. He's been sidelined since May 1 due to a fracture in his left hand. Freese has gone 1-for-3 in each of his three Triple-A rehab appearances so far this week. If he can manage to avoid re-injury (no guarantee with this dude) he should make it back for the Baltimore series, which begins Tuesday.
This is a player who was hitting .356/.394/.471 before landing on the DL, and he's delivered a career line of .313/.368/.427 over 398 MLB plate appearances. Freese hasn't displayed much power at the big league level just yet, but his lifetime minor league slugging percentage is .532 and he cleared the fence 26 times in his last full season at Memphis.
There should really be a spot for Freese in most mixed formats. At the moment, however, he's just 28 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues. Let's try to boost that percentage. Try to find space for Freese while he's still eligible for your fake team's DL. It's well past time to kick Chone Figgins(notes) (38 percent owned) to the fantasy curb. (And the feeling when you do it is spectacular). I'd rate Freese ahead of Chase Headley(notes) (26 percent), Jed Lowrie(notes) (28), Pedro Alvarez(notes) (44), Mike Moustakas(notes) (31), Chipper Jones(notes) (63) and Scott Rolen(notes) (33), too. But that's me. Feel free to offer an opinion below, anonymous user...
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