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Albert Pujols out 4-6 weeks with fractured forearm/wrist

Jun 20, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

Albert Pujols

At the time it looked much worse than the initial diagnosis of a sprain and sure enough the Cardinals have announced that Albert Pujols will be out for 4-6 weeks after further examination revealed a “non-displaced fracture” in his left forearm, near his wrist.

Losing him for at least a month is obviously a huge blow to the Cardinals, particularly since Pujols had successfully recovered from a career-worst start to hit .317 with eight homers and a 1.197 OPS in 17 games this month.

With that said, similar injuries on collisions at first base have caused players to miss significantly more than 4-6 weeks–with Cliff Floyd and his shattered wrist being one prominent example from 2000–and even the far end of that timetable would have Pujols returning in early August with 50 games left on the schedule.

Presumably the Cardinals will shift Lance Berkman to first base, with Jon Jay taking over as the primary right fielder. Another option would be to call up 26-year-old Mark Hamilton from Triple-A, where he’s hit .317 with 26 homers and a .971 OPS in three career stints totaling 145 games, and use him at first base while keeping Berkman in the outfield. St. Louis is relatively well-equipped to handle Pujols’ absence, but keeping pace with the Brewers and Reds atop the NL Central for even six weeks while waiting for the three-time MVP to return is asking a lot.

  1. halladaysbicepts - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Wow! Sorry to here this, Cards fans. 6 weeks is a long time to go without the best player in baseball.

    That being said, at least the Phillies will not have to face his bat over the next few days.

    But, I always like to see how the Phillies pitching fares against a great hitter such as Pujols. It’s fun to watch.

    • bleedgreen - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      Surprisngly, it seems, Phils pitching doesn’t give up a whole lot of hits to ‘good hitters’. Its the guys you don’t expect it from that give us fits. Much like the hitting. How do we manage 8 hits off of Felix Hernandez only to get 3 hit shutout by Jason Vargas?

  2. cur68 - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Too bad for AP. He was rounding into form real well there. Its a shame this happened in general but in a contract year for Albert this’ll cause him more worry that he didn’t need. Hope he comes out ok. I’m going to miss seeing him when the Blue Jays get to town. That’s due to happen in St. Louis in a few days. A good thing the Beaver Boys don’t have to face him but sucks us fans don’t get to see the best hitter in the NL.

  3. thefalcon123 - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Matt Holliday, Adam Wainwright, David Freese, Albert Pujols, Kyle McClellan, Skip Schumaker, Allen Craig, Nick Punto, Gerald Laird, Eduardo Sanchez. What do they all have in common? They have all been guests on the Cardinals 2011 DL…and it’s not even July yet!

    Though he can still easily get to 30 homers, this is likely to break his 100 RBI streak. 😦

    • thefalcon123 - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:34 PM

      For Christs sake, Pete fing Kozma is on the team! This s**t is ridiculous!

  4. bleedgreen - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Who knows what this will do to his swing as well. Hopefully he can recover. Nice to see a guy you know (or are pretty sure) isn’t juicing do so well year in and year out.

    • bleedgreen - Jun 20, 2011 at 3:24 PM

      Really? Thumbs down for pointing out that a broken wrist could affect his swing the rest of the year and saying he’s clean?

      • florida727 - Jun 20, 2011 at 5:27 PM

        Only 4-6 weeks? You’d think a “broken” forearm would take longer to heal, especially considering how much pressure gets put on that part of the body during a swing when your arms are extended. Hope it’s accurate. They need him… and so does baseball.

  5. spudchukar - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Just a little hitch in our giddy-up. Don’t worry Cur and Cepts, you will still have your hands full with the likes of Jay and Brown in right. And Cur you can look forward to the return of Freese, Craig, and Punto. Replacing the games best hitter will be tough, but we shall overcome.

    • cur68 - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:58 PM

      The Beaver Boys have a reputation to maintain. It consists of being barely good enough to beat just-over-.500-teams and getting annihilated by teams that are 4 or more above .500.

      They are going to get creamed by the Bravos over the next 3 days. Up to now I have had only seeing AP hit balls off the moon to look forward to. Now that has been replaced by that most damaging emotion of all; hope. Faint yes, but there.

      Without AP there is the faintest hope that, if the Beaver Boys wake up in time to not get completely humiliated against the Braves, they will at least be competitive against the Cards. As the games draw closer, that hole in my stomach lining gets bigger….

  6. umrguy42 - Jun 20, 2011 at 2:13 PM


  7. tsi4431 - Jun 20, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    From a sprain to a broken forearm? Looks like the Cardinals signed the Mets medical staff this year.

    Similar DL numbers this year with the METS also.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 20, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      From the way he was flopping around I thought he’d need a complete arm transplant. Congrats Cards fans, Sir Albert will not need a new arm.

    • bigharold - Jun 20, 2011 at 3:57 PM

      I’m not a doctor, .. nor did I sleep in a Holiday Inn Expess last night but generally non-displaced fractures are small and as such are hard to find. Moreover, finding them can be inhibited buy swelling and brusing.

      I’ve had enough of them to know.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:01 PM

      Not quite the Mutts medical staff. It only took the Cards less than 24 hrs to revise their earlier preliminary diagnosis. It takes the Mutts 3 to 4 weeks of obfuscation to do so.

      • cur68 - Jun 20, 2011 at 8:07 PM

        Well, we should probably give the Mets a small break (pun!). With hairline fractures it really is hard to spot. Often what you have to do is wait. After enough time has passed a re-xray will show a bright line over where the break used to be. This is the break healing. It gets denser at the point of healing and shows up on xray. That could be why the Mets have that rep of 3-4 weeks to diagnose a small break.

  8. yettyskills - Jun 20, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    – Signed Reds Fan

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 20, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      Celebrating the injury of a.) another human being, b.) a baseball player, and c.) the best player on a rival team, thereby diluting the competition against your team, which would, in the eyes of many, diminish future gains by your team.

      That’s just so classy I don’t know what to say.

      • yettyskills - Jun 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

        Awwwww too bad, couldnt care less, pretty sure we will be ok with the millions in the bank. Pisssss all over the Cards their players and especially Mr Classy Tony LaRussa.

        If he was shot and dead, ya sure, the isnt a celebration, but a lil broken bone that doesnt end his career.
        LMAO Boo Woo
        Could not care LESS about “diminished future gains” and your PC gabage.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 20, 2011 at 3:53 PM

        PC? Not really.

        Civil? Human? Nondouchebaggish (not a word, but an accurate dipiction nonetheless)? Yes.

        Stay classy.

      • jimbo1949 - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:05 PM

        say Ut, arguing with a nozzle is a losing proposition. First they drag the argument down to their level, then they win on experience.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:16 PM

        Nozzle is not yet mainstream. As of now you must pay royalties to El bravo Heyward if you want to use that word.

      • rotaryfone - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:56 PM

        I have no love for Tony LaRussa, but you could take lessons in class from him.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 20, 2011 at 5:06 PM

        Good point, jimbo. I guess I’m in a strange kumbaya-ish mood because of a post-Clarence Clemons fog. RIP Big Man.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 20, 2011 at 5:08 PM

        Hey, Jonny, BC hasn’t been around in a while, so how long would we need to wait for a yay or nay on the use of chipwich?

    • bigharold - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:23 PM

      Why would you “LOVE IT”?

      I’m a huge Yankee fan but when they play the RS I want all the best RS on the field. When the Yankees beat them at their best, .. or at least at full strength.., it is the most rewarding. Even if they lose at least the games are more exciting.

      I don’t watch a lot of NL baseball but has the Cardinal’s so dominated the Reds that winning means that much?

    • dexterismyhero - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:25 PM

      But a Red’s fan from Kentucky right?


      • yettyskills - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:41 PM

        LMAO @ being human, you do realize you are talking about a minor broken bone that will not effect his life. Talking about a game and a multi millionaire who will be away from it for 4-6 weeks.
        LOVE IT and will smile with every lil advantage the Reds get especially when negative things happen to the Cardinals franchise.

        Love the “I wanna win by only beating the best”
        Nobody ever said they wish they had a chance to beat the best after already winning, nobody remembers a team winning because of the misfortune of another team as the reason they won.
        Win Period

      • spudchukar - Jun 20, 2011 at 6:01 PM

        Keep Digging.

  9. baredon - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Millionaire players doing stupid things just to try to win a game… It’s just a game…and has become boring a long time ago…

    • rotaryfone - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:59 PM

      Well, thanks for coming! Have fun on the Football Talk page!

  10. fluffnofluff - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Well, now he can point up to god with a cast on his arm.

  11. okwhitefalcon - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Not that this is good news but I actually expected a worse diagnosis/prognosis.

    Albert’s been a fast healer over his career so it’ll be interesting to watch how things go with this.

    It’ll also be fun to watch how TLR circles the wagons, the chip on his shoulder he manages with just became a cinder block and that will not be good news for those he pisses off already.

  12. cintiphil - Jun 21, 2011 at 8:04 AM

    Aaron, what are you smoking? (“St. Louis is well-equipped to handle Pujols absence) How can any team adjust for losing a player like Albert? You must be nuts to think that the birds will not miss a beat with Albert on the bench. This is probably just what the Brewers need to take the division. Even if Albert comes back early in August, he will be less than 100%. I am guessing that he will be at 100% in March of 2012.

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