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JimEdmonds15
06-03-2006, 08:42 PM
06/03/2006 9:12 PM ET
Pujols out with strained right oblique
Cardinals slugger likely heading to disabled list
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com

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ST. LOUIS -- They've weathered one injury after another the past season and a half, but the Cardinals have never had to do without Albert Pujols for more than a few days. That's almost certainly about to change.

Pujols was removed from the Cardinals' game on Saturday against the Cubs due to a strained right oblique muscle, and it's unclear when he will be able to return. He will almost certainly be placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career, if not Sunday, then no later than Tuesday.

"There is serious concern," said Dr. George Paletta, "and it is the type of injury that we need to evaluate initially and again 18-24 hours later to get a better handle on it."

"He's going to miss a significant period of time," said manager Tony La Russa. "Anywhere from little significant to real significant. We can't tell for another 18-24 [hours]. But it's something we've got to deal with."

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MrRoboto83
06-03-2006, 08:47 PM
out for possibly 6 weeks! This is a huge blow for the Cardinals. Cubs will for sure win the division.
This stinks I was really looking forward seeing him come to the bat at the Cell.

buehrle4cy05
06-03-2006, 09:17 PM
Man, that sucks. I've always been a big fan of how Pujols carries himself on and off the field. Hope he gets well soon.

Oblong
06-03-2006, 09:29 PM
This sucks for baseball in general. I was hoping Pujols would hit 75 HR and make us forget about Bonds, at least for a season record.

I hate the cardinals. At least while LaRussa is managing them. But Pujols is special.

viagracat
06-03-2006, 09:33 PM
It's been the weekend from hell for the Cards; giving away two games so far and now this...

You just never know in this game. :o:

chisoxmike
06-03-2006, 09:39 PM
Son of a bitch!!!!!!! Him and Derek Lee are on my Home Run team.

JimEdmonds15
06-03-2006, 09:42 PM
It's been the weekend from hell for the Cards; giving away two games so far and now this...

You just never know in this game. :o:

Throw in Edmonds probably gonna be placed on the DL (he's not the Edmonds he was before this year but he's still one of our best hitters), Carpenter potentially coming off the DL but anything can happen, Ponson just coming off the DL and not lasting long, Mulder not pitching good the last few games, Isringhausen blew a game the other night (after looking to have turned it around), and the defense below par recently and everyone is starting to go crazy in Cardinals Land.. we feel like we should jump off the Arch or something.. :whiner: lol

PKalltheway
06-03-2006, 10:14 PM
Uh oh. Here's to Albert getting better...after we face them lol!:smile: The Cards could end up being like the 2004 Sox if Pujols and Edmonds don't get better soon.

viagracat
06-03-2006, 10:24 PM
Throw in Edmonds probably gonna be placed on the DL (he's not the Edmonds he was before this year but he's still one of our best hitters), Carpenter potentially coming off the DL but anything can happen, Ponson just coming off the DL and not lasting long, Mulder not pitching good the last few games, Isringhausen blew a game the other night (after looking to have turned it around), and the defense below par recently and everyone is starting to go crazy in Cardinals Land.. we feel like we should jump off the Arch or something.. :whiner: lol

I was in the St Louis area last weekend...if you think Chicagoans take their baseball seriously, try going to St Louis...wow.:cool:

JB98
06-03-2006, 10:30 PM
I was in the St Louis area last weekend...if you think Chicagoans take their baseball seriously, try going to St Louis...wow.:cool:

I visited St. Louis last season, and I thought their fans were pretty laid back and almost nerdy in their approach to baseball. Oh well, I guess it depends on who you encounter.

I hope Pujols is ready to go June 23. One day after the Cardinals leave U.S. Cellular Field.

DickAllen72
06-03-2006, 10:35 PM
This stinks I was really looking forward seeing him come to the bat at the Cell.

I wasn't! :tongue:

viagracat
06-03-2006, 10:47 PM
I visited St. Louis last season, and I thought their fans were pretty laid back and almost nerdy in their approach to baseball. Oh well, I guess it depends on who you encounter.

I hope Pujols is ready to go June 23. One day after the Cardinals leave U.S. Cellular Field.

Well, yeah, I didn't mean to imply anyone was going to get a real hard time there if they rooted for their home team. It does seem laid back for the most part, but most fans there also seem knowledgeable, passionate and really into all things Cardinals. Some people call St Louis the best baseball town in America.

beckett21
06-03-2006, 11:04 PM
Well, yeah, I didn't mean to imply anyone was going to get a real hard time there if they rooted for their home team. It does seem laid back for the most part, but most fans there also seem knowledgeable, passionate and really into all things Cardinals. Some people call St Louis the best baseball town in America.

Bob Costas doesn't count. :tongue:

Too bad about Pujols. I was looking forward to him breaking Bonds' *record*.

rocky biddle
06-03-2006, 11:14 PM
The Baseball Tonight guys were almost in tears about this. Thank God they had another Bonds highlight to show... (I know, that's what I get for watching ESPN.)

I wish Albert the best and hope this isn't something that hampers him for a long time. He's a special talent and I hate to see him held back.

Viva Medias B's
06-03-2006, 11:15 PM
I like Pujols and the Cardinals and wish Albert a speedy recovery. Outside of us, of course, Cardinal fans are the best in baseball. This obviously means that Pujols will not be with the Redbirds when they come to USCF June 20-21-23.

LuvSox
06-03-2006, 11:23 PM
I was in the St Louis area last weekend...if you think Chicagoans take their baseball seriously, try going to St Louis...wow.:cool:

Only half of Chicago takes baseball seriously. :cool:

Scottiehaswheels
06-04-2006, 12:01 AM
I hope he just needs 15 days.... maybe its something like what happened with Mark last year or something.... I'd hate to miss a Pujols vs. Thome sighting... Is Garland pitching that series? if so, Pujols getting 75 this year is in the bag :?: :whiner:

Viva Medias B's
06-04-2006, 12:34 AM
My God. The way BBTN just now reacted to Pujols' injury, I thought the Cardinals were not putting him on the 15-day DL but calling a priest to administer Albert the last rites. Sure, the Redbirds will be hurting without Albert. However, I think he will get over this and propel the Cardinals into the postseason where we will face and beat them in the World Series.

Chisox003
06-04-2006, 12:45 AM
Sure, the Redbirds will be hurting without Albert.
Ya ya ya, they'll be hurting, fine. But what about my fantasy team?! :redneck

No, seriously, this guy was carrying me...I'm in trouble.

SoxFanPrope
06-04-2006, 01:55 AM
What's the big deal?? They have Timo called up now to play some stellar first base!

IlliniSox4Life
06-04-2006, 02:19 AM
This sucks for baseball in general. I was hoping Pujols would hit 75 HR and make us forget about Bonds, at least for a season record.

I hate the cardinals. At least while LaRussa is managing them. But Pujols is special.

Looks like it's up to Thome or Dye this season.



Anyway, it's unfortunate. Pujols is my second favorite player in the NL (behind Rowand).

He is the type of guy that you can't really hate. He's just too good and from what I heard a really good guy. Since he's already on the DL though, hopefully he misses our series in 2+ weeks.

lizard6king6
06-04-2006, 09:36 AM
Ya ya ya, they'll be hurting, fine. But what about my fantasy team?! :redneck

No, seriously, this guy was carrying me...I'm in trouble.

I just traded him away in my leauge :) So it all worked out for me. But I do hope he gets back quickly, I enjoy watching him play.

Jjav829
06-05-2006, 01:15 PM
This really sucks. :(:

I was hoping to see him break Bonds' "record." Maybe next year...

And 6 weeks for an oblique strain? I'm not a doctor, but 6 weeks for an oblique strain seems a bit much.

Chicken Dinner
06-05-2006, 02:49 PM
What's the big deal?? They have Timo called up now to play some stellar first base!

The Timo pick-up was huge.

churlish
06-05-2006, 03:00 PM
While Pujols is arguably the best hitter in the game, it always angers me when he stands there and watches how far his home run went. He reminds me of Barry in that regard. Still, he's a class act off the field and a hell of a player on it.

IMO, Cardinals fans are the most frustrating fans in baseball. They suffer from a "everyone loves the Cardinals and our players are the best" complex, and are developing a Cubslike "we are cursed in October". It's impossible to have a legitimate conversation about baseball with most of them.

cbotnyse
06-05-2006, 04:37 PM
just heard of PTI that Albert is having trouble "eating, breathing, and sleeping" because of his pulled muscle......doesnt sound good....

bad news for baseball to have its best player off the field for awhile.

soxfantony
06-08-2006, 09:54 PM
well theres a good and bad side to this for sox and only sox fans. if hes out for a while, thome can catch up on home runs, but hes a good player and is needed against the cubs to put them further back in the fight for the division. :dunno:

JimEdmonds15
06-16-2006, 05:46 PM
La Russa on Pujols (http://www.stltoday.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=366229)

TLR downplaying expectations, as predicted...

"He's been exercising. It shows he's improving. He wouldn't get clearance to increase it unless he was doing well. But there's no timetable. I've been encouraged not to speculate. When it's time, it's time. The last test he'll pass is when he can play the game of baseball 100 percent."

Asked if Pujols could DH on the road trip to CHI and DET, La Russa discounted the possibility. "There's a lot of sitting around (as DH) and stiffening up. Unless you ride the bike the entire time."

Pujols said he'd rather not DH ... says it's bad to sit around and get stiff.

What is the final hurdle for a Pujols return?

"Don't play him until you expect you get him back the rest of the season once he returns. If there's any doubt about it, keep resting him and treating him."

However, when asked if Pujols would be out until the All-Star Game break, La Russa said: "Based on how he's looking I think he'll be back before the All-Star break."

Pujols will hit tomorrow.
He said he was going to hit today, but he did so much on the field he didn't want to push it.

Pujols said he's feeling much better and is very encouraged. ...

The talk in the clubhouse is this: at this point, the boys wouldn't be surprised at all to see Pujols activated sometime during the trip to CHI and DET.

--B

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cbotnyse
06-16-2006, 05:52 PM
I'm going to a game against them and I'd like to see him play....but then again maybe not. He is pretty good.

JimEdmonds15
06-16-2006, 06:25 PM
Pujols optimistic about faster return
By R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer
June 16, 2006

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Albert Pujols, who's eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list early next week, was optimistic Friday that he'd return from a strained side muscle much sooner than St. Louis officials had originally predicted.

The Cardinals slugger was on the field for drills at first base several hours before Friday night's game against the Rockies, contorting his body to get to balls bounced his way by third base coach Jose Oquendo. After the workout, last year's NL MVP said he felt surprisingly good.

"I'm pretty excited," Pujols said. And he said team medical personnel were "real excited, but I don't want to talk too quick until I get out there in the field and hopefully play for a week and I don't feel it at all."

Pujols was hoping to get clearance to take some batting practice on Saturday, the next step in the process.

"I still need to hit and I still need to do some things, and we'll see how I feel," Pujols said. "I can't wait until I start to get some hacks, and we'll go from there. I'm pretty sure I'll be OK. I've been working my butt off this last week."

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JimEdmonds15
06-18-2006, 08:56 PM
Izzy says Pujols' return is imminent
Trainer, skipper more cautious in appraising slugger's progress
By Conor Nicholl / MLB.com

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ST. LOUIS -- Jason Isringhausen said Albert Pujols, sidelined with a right oblique strain, could return to the Cardinals in the Detroit series starting June 23. "We should get Albert back in Detroit," the Cardinals' closer said after Sunday's game. "That should help take the load off Scott [Rolen] and Juan [Encarnacion]."

Cardinals head trainer Barry Weinberg offered a sarcastic response when told of Isringhausen's comment. "If Izzy says it, then it must be gospel. He is progressing," Weinberg said. "He is satisfied today and took some ground balls and played catch, did some running and hit in the cage. What we will do is repeat it tomorrow during the off-day. He will start hitting off the coaches on Tuesday."

Weinberg said there is no date set for Pujols' return. The first baseman could be activated as soon as Tuesday.

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DSpivack
06-18-2006, 11:04 PM
They should get him back in time for the Detroit series---let him play them and not us!

buehrle4cy05
06-18-2006, 11:07 PM
I still worry about them rushing Pujols back. They have to play for August and September, not June. This type of injury can nag if it's rushed to heal, which the Cardinals may be doing.

JimEdmonds15
06-18-2006, 11:29 PM
I still worry about them rushing Pujols back. They have to play for August and September, not June. This type of injury can nag if it's rushed to heal, which the Cardinals may be doing.
Nah they have no reason to rush him back.. If they rush him back like they did with Rolen last year and he reinjures himself that'll be very costly.. I dont know if they'd wanna take that chance.. but if Pujols is healthy then I'm gonna trust their decision on this. actually now that I think about it.. He's been playing injured nightly the last few years..

Hmm... I want him back.. but we dont need him NOW!

viagracat
06-19-2006, 01:11 AM
Hmm... I want him back.. but we dont need him NOW!

Well, I want him back now. He's in my Home Run Derby pool. :cool:

Viva Medias B's
06-19-2006, 07:23 AM
Well, I want him back now. He's in my Home Run Derby pool. :cool:

Are you sure about now? Albert's team is playing us, you know. I don't want to see the infield look like an Albert Pujols merry-go-round this week.

Steelrod
06-19-2006, 07:42 AM
Izzy says Pujols' return is imminent
Trainer, skipper more cautious in appraising slugger's progress
By Conor Nicholl / MLB.com

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ST. LOUIS -- Jason Isringhausen said Albert Pujols, sidelined with a right oblique strain, could return to the Cardinals in the Detroit series starting June 23. "We should get Albert back in Detroit," the Cardinals' closer said after Sunday's game. "That should help take the load off Scott [Rolen] and Juan [Encarnacion]."

Cardinals head trainer Barry Weinberg offered a sarcastic response when told of Isringhausen's comment. "If Izzy says it, then it must be gospel. He is progressing," Weinberg said. "He is satisfied today and took some ground balls and played catch, did some running and hit in the cage. What we will do is repeat it tomorrow during the off-day. He will start hitting off the coaches on Tuesday."

Weinberg said there is no date set for Pujols' return. The first baseman could be activated as soon as Tuesday.

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As far as trainers go, Weinberg is easily the biggest d... of them all. Since when does a trainer put down a player, for any reason?

viagracat
06-19-2006, 09:53 AM
Are you sure about now? Albert's team is playing us, you know. I don't want to see the infield look like an Albert Pujols merry-go-round this week.

Well, that's true. OK, he can come back Friday...

Of course, with the starting pitching stepping up a little lately, maybe it wouldn't have mattered. :wink:

JimEdmonds15
06-19-2006, 11:26 AM
As far as trainers go, Weinberg is easily the biggest d... of them all. Since when does a trainer put down a player, for any reason?

Honestly I'd listen to our closer than our trainer.. that's how said Weinberg is with injuries, etc.

areilly
06-20-2006, 01:25 PM
The guy from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was on the Score this morning reporting that Pujols will be taking BP today and tomorrow, doing situational drills Thursday, then will be back in the lineup against Detroit.