Cardinals third baseman David Freese was forced to leave Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Monday night after feeling tightness in his right calf and his availability for Game 4 is in question.

Freese felt the calf tighten when he swung at a 1-0 pitch in the fifth inning. St. Louis ended up losing the game 3-0 and now leads the series 2-1.

Later in the at-bat Freese would single to right and he advanced to second when Matt Adams followed with a base hit of his own. Cards manager Mike Matheny then sent Daniel Descalso to pinch-run for Freese.

"It was just during that AB then I took off running and it was pretty tight" Freese said. "It just kind of tightened up on me and obviously Mike felt it was necessary to take me out just in case we needed someone to score."

Descalso immediately committed a baserunning blunder by getting doubled off second on Jon Jay's fly ball to left.

As for Freese he was taken to the trainer's room where he spent the game icing the calf.

"I think it's just tight" Freese said. "I don't think I strained it too bad but we'll check it out tomorrow. I hope I can play tomorrow but we'll check it out."

"Right now it's day to day" Matheny said "and we expect him to be ready to go."

Freese was asked if he thought that he could pinch-hit even if he could not run well enough to start the game.

"Yeah I think so" he said. "But we'll get some rest tonight and just see how it feels tomorrow and hopefully I can push it and get back in there."