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David Freese on recovery from broken hand: “I’m way ahead of schedule”

St. Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 01: Manager Tony La Russa watches as David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals has his left hand tended to by a trainer after taking a pitch off his knuckles in the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on May 1, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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St. Louis’ medical staff hasn’t had the greatest track record this season, but David Freese was cleared to resume swinging yesterday and the third baseman said he’s “way ahead of schedule” in his recovery from a broken left hand.

Freese underwent surgery on May 3 and visited a hand specialist yesterday, but Austin Laymance of reports that he’s still at least two weeks from throwing and won’t be cleared to hit baseballs until first taking hacks at wiffle balls and tennis balls.

Freese hit .356 with an .865 OPS in 25 games before breaking his hand and was given a 6-8 week recovery timetable on May 1, so with two weeks to go until he starts throwing and at least 3-4 weeks until he could potentially come off the disabled list it’s tough to see how he’s “way ahead of schedule” (or at least that schedule).