David Freese to begin minor league rehab assignment Tuesday

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The Cardinals are getting some important pieces back in the fold. Matt Holliday and Kyle McClellan both returned from the disabled list this week and it sounds like third baseman David Freese isn’t too far behind them.

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Freese will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Memphis. The 28-year-old third baseman underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hand after being hit by a pitch in early May.

“I’m excited to get going,” said Freese. “Obviously, we’re a couple of weeks ahead of where we thought we’d be.”

If all goes well, Freese believes he could rejoin the Cardinals sometime during their upcoming roadtrip, which begins June 28 in Baltimore and concludes July 3 in Tampa Bay.

Freese was batting .356/.394/.471 with two homers and 14 RBI over 94 plate appearances prior to the injury.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.