Freese, Rasmus set to return Friday

Freese, Rasmus set to return Friday

LOS ANGELES -- The Cardinals are likely getting both Colby Rasmus and David Freese back on Friday against the D-backs.

Rasmus, who was out of the lineup for the third straight game with a sore left calf on Wednesday, fielded fly balls before the game.

"It's better now," Rasmus said of his sore calf that forced him to leave Sunday's game in the sixth inning. "I could've played today, but we wanted to give it another day to make sure."

Rasmus, who is available to pinch-hit against the Dodgers, was on a hot streak before his injury as he batted .500 with three homers and nine RBIs last week to earn National League Player of the Week honors and said he's confident that he'll return to that form once he rejoins the Cardinals lineup.

"No doubt about it," Rasmus said. "I don't think it should be any different."

Third baseman David Freese participated in running drills on Wednesday to test his sprained right ankle and his body gave him positive feedback.

"It's feels good," Freese said of his sprained ankle that has kept him out of the lineup since Saturday. "We'll check it out after [Thursday's] off-day on Friday. That's the goal, but I don't want to push it. If I feel really good I'll be back in there."

Manager Tony La Russa echoed Freese's sentiment and said it's still not set in stone he'll return Friday but that it's certainly the goal.

"David has made enough improvement that we're optimistic now that he'll be back Friday but we're not sure," La Russa said. "He's made some improvement and with a off-day tomorrow we'll evaluate him Friday."