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Back tightness knocks Pujols out of lineup again

Mar 22, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

UPDATE: Pujols went for an MRI exam this afternoon and also had an anti-inflammatory shot in his sore lower back, so he may be out for most of the week.
Albert Pujols was scratched from this afternoon’s lineup with what’s Matthew Leach calls “a recurrence of tightness in his lower back.”
No one seems to think Pujols’ back problems are very serious, but given that the injury sidelined him for most of last week and has now caused him to go in and out of the lineup a couple times this spring the situation is certainly worth watching.
Of course, as recently as Friday he felt good enough to smack his first homer of the spring (and first homer, period, since September 9).
The good news for the Cardinals is that Matt Holliday is back in the lineup after being sidelined last week by a strained rib cage.

  1. BC - Mar 22, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    That’s it. I say trade him.

  2. Charles Gates - Mar 22, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    So Pujols didn’t hit a HR in 191 days (assuming Excel subtracted dates correctly)? If he starts hitting HRs again within the next few weeks, something has gotta be up. You don’t go without hitting a HR for 191 days and then hit one every 12 ABs without something going on.

  3. Jonathan - Mar 22, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Something was going on. The postseason (largely without the Cardinals), and then the offseason. So, yeah…

  4. Fast Eddy - Mar 22, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Yes, something is going on, its called Spring Training. That’s when guys get the bats (and backs) back into shape. If you think he is juicing, you are nuts. The biggest problem with the birds, is that the pitching is way off and there are too many injured top players. This may continue into the regular season. That’s why I think they are overrated. It think the Reds will be in a better position; with their top prospect going very well, and Volquez already pitching from the mound. Look out St. Louis, the Reds are going to get to you this year.

  5. pedroo18 - Mar 22, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Pretty sure Mr. Gates was making fun of the situation and was not being serious.

  6. Omar Minaya - Mar 22, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    Reyes and Wright for Pujols.

  7. BC - Mar 22, 2010 at 11:03 PM

    Daniel Murphy for Pujols. Cards have a healthy 1B that way.
    I am also the Queen of Spain.

  8. DiamondDuq - Mar 23, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    No one said a word about “juicing” but apparently you’re a little sensitive to the subject. That’s understandable considering most players who have been known “juicers”, if you will, have come down with random, ailing injuries: Bonds’ knees, Ortiz’s knees, ARod’s hip, Manny’s psychological problems – ok that was a cheap shot but he did have several random ailments in Boston, McGwire’s back…I’m not saying there’s anything to it but as they say “where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire” and it just seems like there’s more and more smoke building around this guy all the time. Granted some, if not most, of that is probably jealousy but what do I know? Nothing actually, I’m not an insider or anything but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Pujols is on the 2003 failed drug test list and neither should anyone else. Again, not an accusation, just an observation and a plausible scenario, if you will.

  9. Fast Eddy - Mar 23, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Nothing is plausible about your scenario. Drug testing is over for 2003. The lists have been out for quite a while. He isn’t on it. If there was any wrong doing, do you think we might have heard of it by now? Did you ever hear that very muscular men have many more muscle strains than normal builds. Do you think that might be what it is? The problem with taking enhancement drugs shows up in the BONES! This is obviously a muscle problem, if we believe the MRI’s. If the drug scenario is true, it is good news for us because he kills us almost every at bat. But don’t even bring it up without some (any) evidence.

  10. diamondduq - Mar 23, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    “He isn’t on it.”? Really? You’ve seen the list? Because by all accounts there are about 103 names on it and we’ve heard about 3 of them! Ligament issues have also been linked to steroids as muscles become too strong for the coinciding stability of ligaments and Pujols did have that elbow ligament strain recently. As I said, I wasn’t making an accusation, merely saying that I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if he is one of the remaining 100 names on the failed PED test list but we may never know. It’s entirely plausible that Pujols could have used PED’s, that doesn’t mean it’s at all probable but it isn’t the least bit inconceivable.

  11. Fast Eddy - Mar 24, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Who says he is on it? YOU? Do you think there is a chance that if he is on the list it would not be BIG news? Anything is possible3, but your scenario is very improbable. So Shut Up!

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