Freese day to day with right hand irritation

Freese day to day with right hand irritation

ST. LOUIS -- Third baseman David Freese sat out Saturday's 5-1 win over the Cubs and may also miss Sunday's series finale as he deals with irritation to one of his fingers on his right hand.

Initially in Saturday's lineup, Freese was scratched less than an hour before the scheduled first pitch because of the issue. The training staff did rule out any structural damage, but manager Mike Matheny still opted to take the precautionary route.

Freese was unavailable to comment after the team's win, but Matheny did provide a few more specifics on the injury. He said that Freese had some discomfort in the finger prior to Friday's game and that he felt his hand weakened during the game. That, Matheny said, was why Freese twice lost the grip on his bat when he swung during a first-inning at-bat.

Freese stayed in the game and ended up driving home one with a fifth-inning single. He leads the club with 11 RBIs, a total that ranked second to Andre Ethier in the National League prior to Saturday's slate of games.

The team defined Freese's status as day to day.

"I'd love to have him in there [on Sunday], but I know sometimes you also have to make the sacrifice for the longer term," Matheny said. "I think that could be the case."