posted on Jun, 7 2004 @ 12:09 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Just as Albert Pujols was starting to hit his stride, he got hurt. The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman left Sunday's game against
the Houston Astros when he injured his left hamstring running the bases in the sixth inning.
Manager Tony La Russa pretty much ruled the NL batting champion out of the four-game series that starts Monday at Chicago.
"I'd be very surprised if he's ready to go in the next couple of days maybe or even the whole series,"
La Russa said. "If you told me right
now he'd play next weekend, I'd take that immediately."
Dr. George Paletta, the team physician, said Pujols will have an MRI exam Monday morning.
"We're looking at a couple of days for sure," Paletta said.
Pujols has had at least four hits in three of his last nine games, batting .559 during that stretch (19-for-34) with five homers and 11 RBI. Overall
he was tied for the major league lead with 17 homers and was batting .325 with 40 RBI after a slow start.
"I'm a little disappointed, but what can you do?"
Pujols said. "It was a little tight but I stretched and did the same routine I've been
doing. When something is going to happen to you, it's going to happen."