David Freese may not be ready to return Monday

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When the Cardinals placed David Freese on the disabled list to begin the season the idea was that he’d be ready to return from his back injury for the home opener on April 8, but that now looks iffy.

Mike Matheny told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the Cardinals would like Freese to play in multiple extended spring training games to evaluate his readiness for Monday, but there aren’t a ton of games scheduled. So it may take more time.

Matt Carpenter, who was slated to start at second base, has been subbing for Freese at third base, with Daniel Descalso moving into the lineup at second base.

Report: Athletics sign Chris Herrmann to one-year, $1 million deal

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Athletics and catcher Chris Herrmann have agreed to a contract. It’s a one-year deal worth $1 million with performance incentives, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.

Herrmann, 31, spent last season with the Mariners, batting .237/.322/.421 with a pair of home runs and seven RBI in 87 plate appearances. He opened the season at Triple-A Tacoma, then was called up in late May. Herrmann battled an oblique injury during the season as well.

Herrmann figures to back up Josh Phegley behind the plate in 2019.