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Report: Albert Pujols could return around the All-Star break

Jul 2, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols is not like you and me.

In a stunning development, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Albert Pujols’ fractured left wrist has shown “significant improvement,” which could enable him to return “immediately after the All-Star break, if not before.”

After receiving “aggressive treatment to promote healing of the bone,” Pujols underwent a follow-up CT scan Friday, which found a diminished fissure on the distal tip of his left radius. He’s scheduled to be reexamined Monday and barring something unforeseen, it is expected that he will be cleared to resume baseball activities immediately.

When Pujols fractured his wrist on June 19, he was originally expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks, but Strauss writes that the “best-case scenario” is that he could return during the Cardinals’ upcoming four-game series against the Diamondbacks, which begins next Thursday. It’s more likely, however, that they hold him out through the All-Star break. Still, I’m pretty sure the Cardinals won’t mind waiting a few extra days if it means they can have their first baseman (and occasional third baseman) back to make a second-half playoff push.

Pujols, who is set to become a free agent this winter, is hitting .279/.355/.500 with 17 homers and 45 RBI over 318 plate appearances this season. He was batting .317 with eight homers and a 1.197 OPS in June prior to the injury.

  1. cptnew1 - Jul 2, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    “aggressive treatment to promote healing of the bone,” Could it be the Mr. Miyagi technique?

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 2, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Dominican stem cells?

  3. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Jul 2, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    “I’m Not A Machine…., OK?…. I’m Just Albert.”

  4. spudchukar - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    Sometimes you just can’t keep a good man down. The most accurate description of Pujos’ recovery can be summed up in two simple words: Will Power.

  5. fatcatt - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:00 AM

    OK. Just because theer was significant improvement doesn’t mean he’ll be back that much sooner. From where the initial injury was, significant improvement can just simply mean its a hell of alot better than the day after he did it..Id be willing to bet my cat that this was taken out of context and there will be a new comment on his situation Sunday

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