David Freese will begin the season on the disabled list

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Whatever optimism the Cardinals had yesterday surrounding David Freese’s back injury disappeared quickly, as the team announced that he’ll begin the season the disabled list.

Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the current hope is for Freese to be activated on April 8 for the home opener, which would mean missing a total of just six games.

Freese, who suffered the injury three weeks ago while diving into the stands, got an anti-inflammatory injection after an MRI exam showed no structural damage. He played a career-high 144 games last season, hitting .293 with 20 homers and an .839 OPS while making his first All-Star appearance.