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“I’m going to go find a place to cry,” La Russa said.
Pujols will be out an estimated six weeks with a fractured left wrist from a first-base collision over the weekend. Baseball will be without a three-time NL MVP and the Cardinals, tied for first in the NL Central, are left to absorb another devastating blow in a season marred by injuries.
“You can’t replace a player of his magnitude,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “It just seems like we’ve had to deal with one injury after another.
“We still have to find ways to win games, and that’s what we’ll do.”
The team announced the results of an MRI and CT scan Monday, one day after Pujols was injured during a home game against Kansas City. The injury is a non-displaced fracture of the left radius bone and his arm is in a splint.
Mozeliak said he hoped to have Pujols back by the beginning of August and the team anticipated no lingering effects from what the general manager described as a small fracture. Mozeliak said Pujols‘ left shoulder was sore but no structural damage was found.
Though his .279 average is 50 points below his career numbers, Pujols was starting to heat up after a slow start and went 3 for 3 with a homer in his last at-bat on Sunday. He’s among the league leaders with 17 homers and 45 RBIs.
“He hit me on my wrist and my shoulder,” Pujols said afterward. “He kind of jammed me back. It’s the toughest play to make as a first baseman. It’s a bang-bang play. I saw the replay a couple of times, but I didn’t really want to look at it.”
Betemit said there was no way to avoid the collision.
“I was running hard and the ball arrived at the same time I got to the base,” Betemit said. “That’s part of the game. I couldn’t do anything about it.”
“I was optimistic we were going to get better news,” Mozeliak said. “I really was.”
The 31-year-old Pujols is due to enter free agency this fall after rejecting a multiyear contract extension at the start of spring training. He will be placed on the 15-day disabled list for only the third time in his career and the Cardinals said they would announce a roster move before Tuesday night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
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