Freese begins rehab assignment Thursday with Memphis Redbirds

MEMPHIS, TN ( – St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese is expected to join the Redbirds on Thursday, April 4 as part of an injury rehabilitation assignment for a lower back strain.

Freese has been sidelined after tumbling into the stands trying to make a catch on March 4 at Spring Training in Jupiter. He last appeared in a Grapefruit League game on March 22.

The 2011 World Series MVP has played 191 games in a Redbirds uniform while picking up a PCL Championship in 2009. Freese hit .303 (.205-for-677) with 36 home runs and 129 RBIs over that span.