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Albert Pujols to undergo more tests on sprained left wrist

Jun 19, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

Greg Hauck, Albert Pujols AP

8:00 p.m. EDT: The Cardinals don’t intend to immediately place Pujols on the disabled list with the sprained left wrist and shoulder injury he suffered Sunday.  Pujols said he isn’t yet certain how serious the problems are.

“To be honest, I can’t give you guys too much until the X-rays and an MRI  tomorrow,” he said. “I know I’m pretty sore. Am I worried? Of course. Hopefully, everything will come out negative
tomorrow. When I come out of a game, believe me, something is really wrong. Hopefully, cross our fingers and I’ll be all right.”

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Ugly scene in St. Louis.

Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols was lifted in the sixth inning of Sunday’s series finale against the Royals after appearing to injure his left wrist and shoulder while stretching for a wayward throw from second baseman Pete Kozma.

Kozma made a nice play, ranging to his right and firing off a throw while leaping away from the infield. But the ball was not on target and Pujols jammed his extended left arm into the body of Wilson Betemit, who was trucking down the first base line.

Pujols immediately hit the ground in pain and his wrist began showing significant swelling within seconds. It’s quite possible that he suffered a fracture.

Pujols homered in the bottom of the fifth inning after taking an up-and-in pitch from Royals reliever Louis Coleman. The go-ahead shot left Busch Stadium in under two seconds and put a charge into the crowd, but that energy was erased quickly in the top of the sixth when Albert hit the deck.

A free agent this winter, Pujols had mashed eight home runs and tallied 14 RBI in 17 games this month. He was quickly making up for a slow offensive start. Now it seems that all could be put on hold for a while.

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UPDATE, 4:22 PM: According to the Cardinals’ television broadcast (FS Midwest), Pujols has been diagnosed with a sprained left wrist. He will be examined by a physician Monday. So far, the news is promising.

UPDATE, 5:34 PM: La Russa revealed very little in his postgame press conference, telling reporters only that “there’s a chance” Pujols avoided a major injury. The Cardinals tend to keep injury information close to the vest and might not address the matter further until Monday afternoon, after the slugger is reevaluated. La Russa did say that Pujols had “good strength” in his wrist during initial tests.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Jun 19, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    The Cards have never been too forthright when it comes to preliminary injury reports so I’ll take this one with a huge grain of salt., Albert’s one tough hombre but it looked pretty painful…

    Hopefully it looked worse than it really is although I have a bad feeling on this one…

  2. metalhead65 - Jun 19, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    dave duncan was seen screaming at betemit after the play for running so hard down to first base when he had no chance to beat the throw. the cards plan to protest the game and vow retalation the next time they play the royals.

    • okwhitefalcon - Jun 19, 2011 at 6:02 PM

      As they watched Albert writhing in pain, Johnny Queto was seen “kicking” and screaming with joy while Johnny Gomes was heard singing a song of delight as he did with the news of Adam Wainwright’s season ending injury during spring training….

    • schrutebeetfarms - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:06 PM

      He was running too hard?
      That’s the most preposterous thing I’ve ever heard. I’m not sure the Royals should have to apologize for trying to hustle.

  3. garlicfriesandbaseball - Jun 19, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Oh No! No Albert…… isn’t anything sacred anymore? Giants have 7 on the DL – it’s just one of those years!~

  4. spudchukar - Jun 19, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Just one more bump in the road.

    • okwhitefalcon - Jun 19, 2011 at 7:02 PM

      Tep, a resilient bunch they’ve been.

  5. Chris K - Jun 19, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    This is all interleague play’s fault!!!! WHEN WILL MLB LEARN?

    • paperlions - Jun 20, 2011 at 7:20 AM

      I was actually thinking it was Pujol’s fault for reaching back into the baseline…a thing he does that always confuses me as you want to catch the ball ASPA on close plays, which means you should reach toward the throw….not catch it behind you. He does a number of ill-advised things around the bag that often require runners to adjust to stay out of his way or avoid collisions.

  6. svallen - Jun 20, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Another issue in a bad year for Albert. When it rains…..it pours. In his case, it is monsooning right now. This injury pending what the tests come back as could hinder is A) Salary negotiations and B) whether or not he remains a Cardinal for the rest of his career.

    Some interesting takes on where Albert could end up if Cardinals can’t/won’t sign him. http://www.spotrac.com/blog/?p=284

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