If you’re a Cardinals fan, this is the devastating news you did not want to hear. Albert Pujols has been diagnosed with a small fracture in his left forearm and is scheduled to miss 4-6 weeks because of it. The injury happened yesterday after an errant throw from 2nd baseman Pete Kozma forced Pujols to come off the bag. Wilson Betemit, who had hit the chopper up the middle, ran into Pujols resulting in the aforementioned injury.
The Redbirds, who sit at 40-33 and are tied for 1st place in the NL Central with the Brewers, have got to be wondering how they are going to ride the ship for the next month or so without their best player. My take is that since David Freese is scheduled to come off of the DL next Tuesday against Baltimore, they can now shift Lance Berkman from right field to first base and have Jon Jay as an everyday-er until Albert gets back.
The Cardinals ended up winning the game yesterday against the Royals after Pujols left (up to that point, Pujols had gone 3-3 with his 17th HR of the year), 5-4, and have now won 2 in a row after dropping 7 straight for the first time since 2008. But are they going to be able to keep up in the Central now that the best hitter in their lineup, or anybody’s lineup for that matter, is no longer present? Luckily for them, unless the Cards go all Florida Marlins over the next 30 days, I do not foresee them having enough time to give up a lot of ground to the Brewers (or even the Reds) in the division. I still expect St. Louis to be sitting pretty for the second half of the season.