Monday, June 20, 2011

Albert Pujols out for 4 to 6 Weeks

The slugger from St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols will be out four to six weeks because of a broken left forearm.

The team said Monday the results of an MRI, a day after the dominican super star is injured during a home game against Kansas City.

The Cardinals said Pujols has a fractured left radius.

General manager John Mozeliak was to discuss the situation later on Monday.

The star player was injured after a bruise batease Wilson Betemit in the middle against starter Jamie Garcia.

Pete Kozma The waiter caught the ball with the glove inside out and launched into the air toward first, pulling toward the plate Pujols. When he tried to touch Dominican Betemit, it hit his glove and Pujols hit the ground, writhing in pain.

"He hit me in the wrist and shoulder," Pujols said later. "I jammed my arm back. It's harder to play at first base ... I saw the replay a few times, but really did not want to look at."

Pujols, 31, can become a free agent once the season ends. He well be placed on the disabled list 15 days initially.

The star slugger is averaging .279 after a slow start this season.

Betemit said he could not do anything to avoid the collision.

"I was running hard and the ball arrived at the same time I was at the base," Betemit said. "He could do nothing. I hit on the left arm, so he dropped the ball. I bumped into him and then I saw him on the floor. It is part of the game."

St. Louis is tied for first in the Central Division of the National League, despite suffering a series of recent injuries. Pujols was injured three days after the cleanup hitter Matt Holliday returned after a hamstring injury that left him on the disabled list 15 days.

Third baseman David Freese, second baseman Skip Schumaker and pitcher Kyle McClellan have also lost games for a franchise that early in the campaign lost its main starter, Adam Wainwright, the rest of the year.

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