David Freese exits Saturday with sprained ankle

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freese fielding.jpgCardinals rookie third baseman David Freese is off to an incredible start this season and is on a short list of early favorites for the National League’s Rookie of the Year award.  I’m under the belief that either Braves outfielder Jason Heyward or St. Louis lefty Jaime Garica would take the cake if the prize was awarded today.

Freese hit what could be his first road block on Saturday, when he suffered a right ankle sprain in an inter-division game against the Brewers.  The news comes to us via B.J. Rains of Fox Sports Midwest.  Freese was replaced at third base by Aaron Miles, who rejoined the Cardinals this week after about 14 months away from the club.  Miles may get his first start of 2010 on Sunday with Felipe Lopez nursing a bruised finger.

Freese, a native St. Louisan, is batting .316 with a .385 on-base percentage and 32 RBI in only 52 games this season.  He’s considered “day-to-day,” at least for now.

Giants making Brandon Belt available

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Giants have made first baseman Brandon Belt available in a trade and says that several teams have expressed interest in him.

Which is kind of weird, really.

Belt turns 31 early next season. He hit .253/.342/.414 with 14 homers over 112 games last year due to a knee injury and time lost to an appendectomy. He has a history of concussions and has averaged only 115 games over the last five seasons. Oh, and makes $48 million over the next three years.

Yes, he could be a very useful player if healthy, but taking on that kind of money, even a part of that money, when many very affordable first base/DH options are out there on the market makes little sense to me. Matt Adams. Justin Bour. Lucas Duda. As good as Belt? No, I don’t think so. But way cheaper and requiring less of a commitment.

But hey, rumors are rumors. Let a thousand flowers bloom.