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Pujols Breaks Wrist; Out 4-6 Weeks

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Yesterday the Cardinals hoped Albert Pujols’ injuries would prove to be not serious.  That hope was diminished today when bad news came in the form of an MRI result.  Pujols has a small fracture in his left wrist and will likely miss the next 4 to 6 weeks.

The injury occurred yesterday when the first baseman collided with Wilson Betemit.  Pujols was reaching into the first baseline for an errant throw from second baseman Pete Kozma.  He immediately went down in pain and was removed with what was then determined to be a sprained wrist.

"“He hit me on my wrist and my shoulder,” Pujols said afterward. “He kind of jammed me back. It’s the toughest play to make as a first baseman. It’s a bang-bang play. I saw the replay a couple of times, but I didn’t really want to look at it.”"

Pujols was 3-3 with a home run before leaving with the injury.  He numbers have been on the rise lately, as he’s looked more like a 3-time MVP in June.  For the month he’s put together a line of .317/.419/.778.

Lance Berkman will likely takeover as the Cardinal’s everyday first baseman.