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Albert Pujols played third base yesterday for the first time since 2002

May 2, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

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David Freese and Nick Punto leaving yesterday afternoon’s game with injuries put the Cardinals in a tough spot and led to Albert Pujols playing third base for the first time since 2002.

He moved from first base to third base for the final 1.1 innings of a 6-5 loss to the Braves and handled his lone chance with ease, throwing out Chipper Jones on a ground ball.

Tony La Russa told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he approached Pujols and simply asked, “Are you ready to play third?”

However, while seeing Pujols back at the hot corner was interesting it doesn’t sound like it’ll be anything more than an emergency option even with Freese out for a month with a broken hand. In between Pujols’ previous appearance at third base in 2002 and his brief action there yesterday the Cardinals used a total of 29 different third basemen.

  1. BC - May 2, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    I hear Ken Oberkfell is available.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 2, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    The nations fantasy baseball managers beg in unison, “Four more times PLEASE!”

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 2, 2011 at 3:06 PM

      Hahaha! No kidding, especially with the injuries to Zimmerman and Longoria, as well as Mark Reynolds’ cold start.

      • spudchukar - May 2, 2011 at 6:57 PM

        Please do not include Mark Reynolds in the same sentence as Zimmerman and Longoria. Reynolds is Reynolds, his power numbers may be a bit down but the rest of his offensive production is typical.

  3. sportsdrenched - May 2, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    He was just trying to show the rest of the league versitile he is. Because, you know, they need another reason to back up an 18 wheeler full of caysh to Albert’s house.

    • bigharold - May 3, 2011 at 1:08 AM

      Yeah and I think Hal Stienbrenner is getting his CDL for the occasion. Albert s going to look good in pinstripes.

  4. Detroit Michael - May 2, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    I can’t imagine anyone having the gumption to say “no” if Albert asks if he can borrow your glove.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 2, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    I can’t imagine anyone having the gumption to say “no” if Albert asks if he can borrow your wife.

    • BC - May 3, 2011 at 10:51 AM

      Take my ex-wife. Everyone else has.

  6. fanoredsox - May 3, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    At the rate that he is going, I can definitely see paying him more than anyone else. (***SARCASM***)

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