The Cardinals learned that third basemen David Freese will be done for the season and will need surgery to repair tendon damage in his right ankle. It happened in his first rehab game in Springfield. Freese was on assignment after missing a month with a bone bruise in his right ankle and a fracture in his left big toe. On Monday, Freese tried to score from second on a single and pulled up in pain before he reached the plate.
General manager John Mozeliak told reporters, “Not good, it will be season-ending. What he did was he subluxed his tendon, and ultimately, what that means — it holds everything around the ankle, and that will require being repaired.”
Freese will miss the rest of the season and no timeline has been set for surgery. The 27 year old hit .296 with a .361 on-base percentage and a .404 slugging percentage this year.
Mozeliak did not identify a more specific timeline for Freese’s return than that he will miss the rest of 2010. A date for the operation has not yet been set.