HOUSTON -- Describing his right ankle as "more sore" a day after rolling it while running in the indoor batting cage, David Freese said he does not expect to play during the rest of the Cardinals' series against the Astros.
Whether Freese will miss more time than that remains too tough to forecast right now.
"Motion is all right. I'm still working on that," Freese said. "I'm walking around all right. I got it pretty good. Nowadays, you can take care of a sprain pretty quickly. We're just getting after it."
Freese sat out of batting practice on Tuesday and focused only on his arms during his pregame workout.
"I'm not going to push it at all," he said.
Freese has a history of ankle troubles, though this is not nearly as serious as the two previous incidents which required surgery. X-rays taken on Freese's right ankle confirmed that there is no fracture.
Until Freese is cleared to return to the field, Matt Carpenter will get regular starts at third. The Cardinals will, however, be more aggressive in getting Freese back into the lineup than they might have been earlier in the season.
"Right now, when guys can go, we're going to go," manager Mike Matheny said. "We're going to push it all the time. We have to. It's not like we have a lot of time to sit and have guys get better."