St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese (23) takes batting practice before game four of the 2012 NLCS at against the San Francisco Giants Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
(The Chirp) - Last fall, the Cardinals' received a national award, recognizing them for their efforts to be more environmentally friendly. The Cardinals are surely among the leaders in MLB for leadership in their "going green" efforts. Today, the Cardinals will "go green" again, but this time to mark today being St. Patrick's Day. The Cardinals will sport green Spring Training uniform and caps.
Freese out Sunday
Back on March 4th, Cardinals third baseman David Freese gave a foul ball a good chase into the stands, and ended up with soreness after suffering a bruised tailbone. He missed four days of work before returning. But apparently the pain is lingering, and today Freese will be out of the line up.
In 10 spring games, Freese is 6-for-24 with five walks, six strikeouts and a .417 slugging percentage. Since his spill, he has struck out five times in nine at-bats.
St. Louis Post Dispatch Baseball writer Derrick Goold writes: Patrick Wisdom, a pick in last summer's draft and considered the finest defensive third baseman in the system, will play third and bat ninth for the Cardinals this afternoon. He is not the only top-tier prospect making a starter this afternoon. Two batters earlier and two spots to the left on the infield will be Kolten Wong, the 2011 first-round pick who is earmarked to be Class AAA Memphis' starter at second base.
But, looking long term, what does a Freese absence from the line up mean as far as Cardinals options at third?
Though Freese doesn't consider the injury anything to worry about, you have to be concerned it might be something more serious. If that ends up being the case, you're looking at Ty Wigginton as a potential long-term solution.
Neither Freese nor Wigginton is exactly tearing up the spring. Freese is hitting a very pedestrian .250 with a .796 OPS. Wigginton, who has the third-most plate appearances this spring, is hitting .103. Its possible that Wigginton is just off to an incredibly slow start, and keep in mind that there is still a few weeks left this spring to pick things up.
Even in he does turn his offense around, do the Cardinals really feel comfortable with the idea of having Wigginton at third long term?
An option in this case is to have Matt Carpenter - likely the Opening Day starter at second - move over to third, while letting Daniel Descalso and Ronny Cedeno share time in his place. Heck, an even better option would be to have Allen Craig fill in at third, thereby opening a spot for Matt Adams over at first.
of rantsports.com writes that the Cards are loaded with options: