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Freese avoids deer, injury in auto accident

Cardinals third baseman David Freese was unhurt when he crashed his sports utility vehicle into a tree while avoiding a deer on the road on Thursday afternoon in Wildwood, Mo., according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

St. Louis County Police said the 2011 World Series MVP avoided the deer and was out of his car when they arrived on the scene. He declined medical treatment, and his SUV was towed.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Freese told him about the crash Thursday evening. Freese will meet with members of the club's medical staff over the weekend to assure the accident didn't cause any problems.

"Anytime you know somebody is in an accident you want to hear they're OK and that no one else was hurt," Mozeliak told the Post-Disatch. "I think we're all relieved to hear he wasn't hurt. That's the bottom line -- the fact that no one here was injured. ... I don't think there will be any issues for him coming from this."

Freese hit .293 and posted career highs with 20 home runs and 79 RBIs in 144 games for the Cardinals in 2012.

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