David Freese still sidelined with sprained ankle

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Cardinals third baseman David Freese has a history of foot and ankle problems, so there was reason for great concern when he was removed from Monday’s lineup after stepping on a soft spot in the indoor batting cage at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

But things are looking up just 24 hours later.

According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Freese told reporters Tuesday that he is “sore” but “walking around alright.” He is not playing Tuesday night and won’t play on Wednesday either, but the 2011 World Series MVP should be fine for Friday’s series-opener with the Nationals.

Matt Carpenter, batting .304/.372/.482 in 317 plate appearances, will continue to fill in at the hot corner.

Freese, 29, has posted a .296/.373/.471 batting line with 20 homers and 79 RBI in 140 games this season.