One is David Freese's rehab from injury. The 27-year-old rookie was off to a good start in 2010 with a .296/.361/.404 mark in 270 plate appearances but went down with two ankle injuries that required surgery.
But Freese is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
"Everyday I’m getting closer to being full strength," Freese told FOX Sports Midwest . "Having six months to get ready makes this a lot easier because we can take our time with everything and make sure we do it the right way. Everything is promising. About a week or two ago I realized that I will be completely healthy if everything stays on the same road and I’m real excited about that."
Freese isn't ready to play, however.
"I’m not running 100 percent yet," he added. "We’re still doing agility and stuff. We’re taking it slow but like I said everything is progressing nicely and honestly I think we’re ahead of schedule with everything. We’ve been ahead of schedule ever since we got going. Honestly I wake up every morning not worried about how my feet are going to feel. We should be full-go way before spring training, which is promising."
Despite Freese's injury troubles, the club is still expected to hand him the starting third base job again, and the righty is hoping he can finally help the Cards over a full season.
“Coming up to the big leagues, getting injured right away for pretty much two full seasons, it's tough, but they are letting me stick around and that shows that they have confidence in what I can do when I’m healthy. My main goal is to get out there and get as many games played as I can and if I can get out there and play a full season, I think we’ll be alright. I want to help this team get back to the playoffs.”
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