Third baseman David Freese was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the St. Louis Cardinals and batted sixth in Monday’s home opener against the Cincinnati Reds.
“This is a day I don’t ever want to miss,” said Freese, who grew up a Cardinals fan in suburban St. Louis. “I know one day it’s going to come to an end, but as many times as I can I’d like to be a part of this special day.”
Freese said he was 100 percent, adding “I feel like it’s February.” Freese hit .293 last season with career highs of 20 homers and 79 RBI while topping 100 games for the first time.
Freese strained his lower back tumbling into the stands while chasing a foul ball during spring training and missed the first six games.
Freese appeared in three games with Triple-A Memphis on a rehab assignment.
St. Louis optioned infielder Ryan Jackson to Memphis.
Lackey to miss turn
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell says pitcher John Lackey probably won’t take his next turn in Boston’s rotation. Lackey walked off the mound with pain in his right arm Saturday. That was his first start after major elbow surgery.
Astros put Fields on disabled list
Reliever Josh Fields was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Houston Astros with a right forearm strain.
The Astros made the move on Monday ahead of their series opener against the Seattle Mariners, retroactive to April 4. Houston recalled Paul Clemens from Triple-A Oklahoma City
Blue Jays pick up Gomez
The Toronto Blue Jays claimed first baseman Mauro Gomez off waivers from the Red Sox and optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo. Gomez made his major-league debut last season with Boston, hitting .275 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 37 games.