Cards left-handed pitching prospect Sam Freeman was shut down on Thursday due to left bicep tendinitis. Freeman had been playing in the Arizona Fall League with fellow Cardinal second base prospect Kolten Wong. Freeman pitched in seven games there, striking out eight and walking one while recording a 3.86 ERA.
Freeman is currently on the Cardinals’ 40-man roster. In 2012, the 25-year-old went 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA, 18 strikeouts, 10 walks, and two holds over 20 innings pitched in the majors. Freeman struggled against left-handed hitters at the big league level, who hit .290 with a .421 OBP and eight RBIs in only 31 at-bats against Freeman. If he is able to recover from this injury, Freeman may be in the mix for a left-handed relief role in 2013.