Freese gets day off to rest sore tailbone

JUPITER, Fla. -- David Freese sat out Wednesday's Cardinals' game against the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium, still a bit sore from a tumble he took in a game on Monday. Freese and manager Mike Matheny both downplayed the issue, though, with Matheny saying that Freese would be playing if it were the regular season.

Freese hit his tailbone when he fell trying to catch a ball in Monday's game against the Twins. He left the game, and the Cardinals were off on Tuesday.

"I'm all right," he said. "Just a day or two. I got the tailbone on the step, but it's all right. I've got full motion. It's just a contusion."

Daniel Descalso started at third base in Freese's place.

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