David Freese was REALLY drunk

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On Monday we noted that Cardinals’ third baseman David Freese was charged with DWI.  We didn’t know then just how drunk he was. The answer: really, really drunk:

Cardinals third baseman David R. Freese was driving with a blood
alcohol level of 0.232 — almost three times the legal limit in Missouri
— when he was arrested over the weekend, according to a police report
released Tuesday.

He told the arresting officer that he had consumed seven beers, and was
driving from downtown to his home near Lafayette High School in west
St. Louis County.

If he admitted to seven beers, the real number — at least if human nature is any guide — was probably a lot higher. No matter the case, 0.232 is pretty nutso, especially for a big strong athlete.  Nutso enough to cause the Cardinals to have to reconsider handing him the third base job is uncertain, but I suppose we’ll know fairly soon.

Red Sox prospect involved in serious auto accident

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Via WEEI.com comes a report that Red Sox minor league pitcher Kevin Steen was critically injured in a car crash on Wednesday night near Fort Myers.

The driver of the other car involved in the accident was killed. Steen is in the hospital in critical condition. It appears as though the other driver veered off the road, overcorrected and then crossed the center line, crashing into Steen’s SUV.

Steen, 20, is a starting pitcher. He was a ninth round pick of the Red Sox in 2014 out of Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He’s played three seasons in the Sox season and was about to begin his fourth.

Noah Syndergaard scratched with a “tired arm”

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Mets manager Terry Collins says that he has scratched Noah Syndergaard, who was supposed to start this afternoon’s game against the Braves. In his place will go Matt Harvey.

Syndergaard, Collins says, has “tired arm.” But also says he has some discomfort in his right biceps. He will have an MRI, but Syndergaard says it’s not serious and that he could pitch as soon as Sunday. Collins says this is an abundance-of-caution type thing, saying “we can’t take a chance on this guy.” Which is true.

The Mets ace is 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings. He has walked no one this year. Not a soul.