Cardinals will try to nurse Pujols through hamstring injury Print
Written by Admin   
Thursday, 23 August 2007 13:20
MLB Headline News

 ST. LOUIS (AP) -Albert Pujols showed St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa he could play under control in 2003, avoiding cutting loose with throws from left field to prevent blowing out his elbow.
So La Russa has no doubt that Pujols, who felt one side go numb from a high hamstring injury on Wednesday night, can be just as careful now. The Cardinals' star was in the lineup and batting third on Thursday against the Florida Marlins with orders to take it easy.
``That was real dramatic, and I've trusted him ever since,'' La Russa said. ``He knows if he has to miss the rest of the weekend, we'll win more games from Tuesday through the end of the season than to do something crazy today. He's smart.''
Pujols was batting .322 with a team-leading 30 homers and 83 RBIs for the defending World Series champions, who have won 10 of their last 13 and began the day three games back in the NL Central.
``Obviously, you need to be careful because you want to take care of your body,'' Pujols said. ``But I get paid to play, I get paid to help this team to win. This is not a moment for me to sit down.''
Pujols was scared when his right side went numb after fouling off a pitch in his first at-bat. He took some extra time to regroup before homering for the fifth straight game, in the process becoming the only player in major league history to start his career with seven straight 30-homer seasons.
He protected the sore hamstring by settling for a single on a liner off the base of the left-field wall in the fourth. He jogged a few steps toward second on Juan Encarnacion's subsequent double-play ball and then headed back to the dugout, and took his time on a routine grounder in the eighth.
``I don't want to change the way I play the game,'' Pujols said. ``Obviously, I know I have an injury that I need to be careful with.''
La Russa wanted to remove Pujols Wednesday, but Pujols twice talked him out of it. The manager had two lineups ready when he arrived at Busch Stadium on Thursday, one with Pujols and one with Chris Duncan playing first base instead. He threw the alternate version away when trainer Barry Weinberg gave him the ``thumbs up.''
Pujols knew when he woke up that he'd be good to go.
``If I was in a position where I woke up this morning and I had problems doing my regular things, I wasn't going to attempt to go out there and play,'' he said. ``But I didn't have any problems. I was chasing my daughter up and down today. I feel fine.''
The Cardinals got by for several weeks in 2003 while Pujols was nursing a sprained elbow ligament, sending shortstop Edgar Renteria sprinting to the outfield so Pujols could flip him the ball. Center fielder Jim Edmonds served as a second relay man along with yelling constant reminders.
The tradeoff now is that until the hamstring quiets down, Pujols won't be his usual aggressive self taking the extra base, and forget about infield hits and stolen bases.
``He's been running under control for a long time,'' La Russa said. ``Today will be an exaggerated example of that, I'm guessing.''
 

MLB Team Pages

Top MLB Public Bets

#1 918 Baltimore Orioles 97%
#2 923 Boston Red Sox 89%
#3 921 Los Angeles Angels 86%
#4 914 San Francisco Giants 82%
#5 909 St Louis Cardinals 81%
#6 906 Cincinnati Reds 73%
#7 919 Toronto Blue Jays 63%
#8 903 Washington Nationals 63%
#9 912 Los Angeles Dodgers 52%
#10 928 Seattle Mariners 50%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

MLB Futures

MLB TEAM WORLD SERIES ODDS CURRENT
OAKLAND ATHLETICS 11/2
LOS ANGELES DODGERS 11/2
DETROIT TIGERS 13/2
WASHINGTON NATIONALS 10/1
LOS ANGELES ANGELS 10/1
MILWAUKEE BREWERS 12/1
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 12/1
ST LOUIS CARDINALS 12/1
TORONTO BLUE JAYS 14/1
BALTIMORE ORIOLES 16/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com