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Cardinals activate David Freese and Nick Punto from DL

David Freese

St. Louis Cardinals’ David Freese watches his home run off San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Guillermo Mota during the eighth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, April, 10, 2011. St. Louis won 6-1. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)


St. Louis’ packed disabled list got a little lighter today, as the Cardinals activated third baseman David Freese and utility infielder Nick Punto.

Freese has been out for two months with a broken left hand, but hit .356 with an .865 OPS in 25 games before the injury and will slide right back into the lineup as the everyday third baseman after Daniel Descalso hit just .244 with a .666 OPS filling in.

Punto returns after missing six weeks with a forearm injury and previously sat out the first three weeks of the season following hernia surgery. He’ll play considerably less than Freese, but Tony La Russa will no doubt find plenty of opportunities to get his glove into the lineup.