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Pujols likely to avoid Tommy John surgery

Feb 21, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

Pujols headshot.jpgMLB.com’s Matthew Leach has`some excellent news for Cardinals fans and those lucky enough to land the No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts this spring.  Albert Pujols, who has dealt with a right elbow injury for much of his career, has been given a 95 percent chance of avoiding Tommy John surgery.

“If I recall, that’s what Dr. [James] Andrew s and Dr. [George] Paletta agreed, Pujols said Sunday.  “There’s a 95 percent that I’ll feel good.
Pujols first injured his elbow back in 2003 but has been able to play through the pain and discomfort with only one minor procedure.  Albert hit .327/.443/.658 last season with 45 doubles, 47 home runs and 135 RBI.  He owns an unreal .334/.427/.628 career batting line.
  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Feb 21, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Imagine how he’d hit if he didn’t have that elbow problem.

  2. Old Gator - Feb 21, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    I agree. Albert, stop whining and get it done. Nobody has hit .400 in 64 years. Enough already.

  3. Fast Eddy - Feb 21, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Wait a little more. There are bound to be the nuts complaining that he injured his elbow because he was on the juice. I can’t believe that this guy could do all he has done with a bad arm. If he had two good elbows, he may hit them even further out of the park. Good luck to Sir Albert, except when he plays us.

  4. GimmeSomeSteel - Feb 21, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    LOL. Actually, it’s been 70 years (71 if you include 2010).

  5. Old Gator - Feb 21, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Yeah – damn, my Babbage Engine must have spat a gear again.
    .
    ‘Course I also give the guy a 6-year discount for cryogenic expenses….

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