David Freese breaks big toe while already on the disabled list

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Already on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle, Cardinals rookie third baseman David Freese broke his left big toe while working out yesterday.
According to manager Tony La Russa he was lifting weights and dropped a plate on his foot, but the good news is that Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports “the toe injury might not affect the timetable for Freese’s return.”
Or as La Russa put it: “They took an X-ray and it’s a little fracture. They are saying it might not be any longer then his ankle. So I really don’t know, but he has that to deal with as well.”
Finally given a chance in the majors at age 27 after knocking around minor-league pitching at every level, Freese hit .296/.361/.404 with better-than-expected defense in 70 games before landing on the DL. Felipe Lopez has started 18 straight games at third base in his absence.
The lesson, as always: Don’t work out. Or something.

Brayan Peña announces retirement

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Catcher Brayan Peña announced his retirement on Monday evening via his Twitter account:

Peña, 36, signed a minor league contract with the Tigers in January but the club ended up going with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia for their Triple-A roster.

Peña spent parts of 12 seasons in the majors with the Braves, Royals, Tigers, Reds, and Cardinals from 2005-16. He hit .259/.299/.351 in 1,950 plate appearances.

With his playing days behind him, Peña will transition into coaching. He will manage one of the Tigers’ Gulf Coast League teams, George Sipple of the Free Press reports.