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Newz Forum: BASEBALL: Pujols looks at weekend return

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posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 04:29 PM
CHICAGO (AP) - Albert Pujols ran for about 10 minutes and took part in a ground-ball drill Wednesday, his first time on the field since injuring his left hamstring last weekend.

Pujols also stood in against a pitcher in the bullpen but didn't take any swings.
While last year's NL batting champ is listed as day to day, it seems doubtful he'll play in Chicago. A more likely return would be this weekend, when the Cardinals go to Texas for an interleague series and Pujols could be the designated hitter.

Before the injury, Pujols had started all of the Cardinals' 56 games. He has never been on the disabled list in his four-year career. He's tied for the major league lead with 17 homers, and was batting .325 with 40 RBIs after a slow start when he got hurt.

With Pujols out of the St. Louis Cardinals' starting lineup for a third straight day, Gold Glove center fielder Jim Edmonds took his spot at first base.

It was the 44th career start at first for Edmonds, but his first in more than three years. He last started at first on June 6, 2001, also in Chicago.


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