La Russa likes to see Freese healthy

La Russa likes to see Freese healthy

JUPITER, Fla. -- David Freese's strong and healthy spring has caused Cardinals manager Tony La Russa to adjust his regular-season projections for the third baseman.

Before Grapefruit League games started, La Russa estimated that Freese would play two out of every three games during the regular season, and that 110 total games during the season would be a good outcome for Freese. However, on Saturday La Russa expressed a more optimistic take.

"I think it's very likely that as you get into the season and he really gets comfortable and strong, he may [only] need one game off a week," La Russa said.

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Freese is returning from surgery on both of his ankles last year.