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Pujols on roster, not in lineup

The Cardinals officially announced that Albert Pujols has been activated from the disabled list. He is an available pinch-hitter but not in the starting lineup. Brian Tallet has been placed on the disabled list with a right intercostal (ribcage) strain. More to come at Cardinals.com.
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Pujols leaves with injury — UPDATED

ST. LOUIS — An injury that at first terrified the Cardinals may yet turn out not to be as bad as was feared. Albert Pujols left St. Louis’  5-4 win over the Royals on Sunday with a sprained left wrist, and the club hopes that further examination will reveal nothing more severe.

Pujols was hurt in a collision at first base with the Royals’ Wilson Betemit. He is also experiencing some soreness in his left shoulder, but the wrist injury is the greater concern at this point.

“I can’t give you too much until we do x-rays tomorrow,” Pujols told reporters after the game. “Pretty much right now I’m just telling you I’m pretty sore in my wrist and my shoulder. We’ll see tomorrow. We took a look at it. I passed a couple tests. But tomorrow we still need to do an x-ray and an MRI. They can’t tell anything with the machine that we have here.”

 

General manager John Mozeliak said on Sunday afternoon that Pujols underwent an x-ray as part of his initial examination, and that no broken bones were revealed at that time. Still, a full read on the severity of Pujols’ injury will not be available until at least Monday.

 

“There is going to be another round of diagnostic testing in the morning,” Mozeliak said. “Just to rule out ligament issues and all that. I’m cautiously optimistic, but I couldn’t’ handicap it either way at this point.”

 

Mozeliak declined to say whether he expected Pujols to require a disabled list stint.

 

Leading off the sixth inning, Wilson Betemit hit a slow roller up the middle. Pete Kozma fielded the ball and made a throw to Pujols, and as Betemit got to first base, he made contact with the slugger’s left arm. That knocked the mitt off of Pujols, and Pujols hit the ground in obvious pain.

 

Pujols was removed from the game after being examined on the field. Lance Berkman took over for him at first base. Pujols had put the Cards ahead in the previous half-inning with a solo homer off of reliever Louis Coleman.

 

The Cardinals have had a staggering run of injuries already in 2011. They have used the disabled list 13 times this year and have seven players currently on the DL, including two with hand or wrist injuries.

 

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Two moves, and Saturday lineups

The Cardinals made a pair of roster moves prior to Saturday’s game. Maikel Cleto and Pete Kozma have been called up, with Tyler Greene and Mark Hamilton optioned.

Lineups:
Cardinals
1. Theriot SS
2. Rasmus CF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Berkman RF
6. Molina C
7. Descalso 3B
8. Westbrook P
9. Schumaker 2B

Royals
1. Gordon LF
2. Cabrera CF
3. Hosmer 1B
4. Francoeur RF
5. Moustakas 3B
6. Treanor C
7. Getz 2B
8. Escobar SS
9. Mazzaro P

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Lineups and a significant tidbit

First the tidbit: David Freese will be heading out on a rehab assignment on Monday. He’ll travel to Iowa Monday then begin playing with Memphis on Tuesday. Freese is expecting to rejoin the team on the next road trip, in either Baltimore or St. Petersburg.

And the lineups:
Cardinals
1. Schumaker 2B
2. Jay CF
3. Pujols 1B
4. Holliday LF
5. Berkman RF
6. Cruz C
7. Descalso 3B
8. Greene SS
9. Carpenter P

Royals
1. Gordon LF
2. Cabrera CF
3. Hosmer 1B
4. Francoeur RF
5. Moustakas 3B
6. Treanor C
7. Getz 2B
8. Escobar SS
9. Paulino P

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Carpenter sent down, Sanchez unavailable

Two bits of news this morning:

* According to a club source, Matt Carpenter is the player on his way out today to make room for Kyle McClellan on the active roster. Carpenter will be optioned to Triple-A Memphis. Carpenter went 1-for-15 with a double, four walks and four strikeouts in seven games.

* Pitching coach Dave Duncan told KFNS 590 AM this morning that Eduardo Sanchez has some “tightness in his shoulder” and will be unavailable for a few days. I’ll obviously be chasing this today.

More to come on the site as the day goes on.

-M.

Kozma out; Hamilton, Carpenter in – UPDATED

The Cardinals are beefing up their bench with a pair of additions. Prior to Friday night’s game against the Cubs, the club will option shortstop Pete Kozma to Triple-A Memphis and recall first baseman/outfielder Mark Hamilton from Memphis. Also, third baseman Matt Carpenter’s contract will be purchased from Memphis, with the team likely to send out a pitcher to make room on the active roster for Carpenter.

The Cardinals are doing without outfielder Matt Holliday, who was placed on the disabled list on Thursday. That will provide more regular playing time for Allen Craig and Jon Jay, which in turn weakens the Cardinals’ bench. Bringing back Hamilton and adding Carpenter should help address that issue.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported late Thursday night that Kozma would be optioned, and a club official confirmed on Friday that Hamilton will be the player taking his roster spot. No official confirmation was available on Carpenter’s promotion. However, Mark Cohen, the sports information director at Carpenter’s alma mater, Texas Christian University, reported on Twitter that Carpenter has been called up.

Kozma, 23, appeared in 10 games during his first stint in the big leagues, mostly off the bench. He went 1-for-8 but drew three walks, and recorded a double for his first Major League hit.

Hamilton will be making his second appearance in St. Louis this year. He went 3-for-15 earlier in 2011. Over parts of three seasons at Triple-A, however, Hamilton has shown himself to be an offensive force. In 25 games at Memphis this year, he’s batting .391 with a .509 on-base percentage and a .552 slugging percentage. His career Triple-A line is .318/.409/.564 with 26 home runs in 143 games.

Carpenter was a Spring Training sensation and very nearly made the Major League roster out of camp. He got off to a slow start in the regular season, but is currently hitting .283 with a .421 OBP and a .387 SLG at Memphis. Carpenter was the Cardinals’ Minor League player of the year in 2010.

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Pujols scratched due to tight lower back

Albert Pujols was initially slated to play in the Cardinals’ Monday afternoon game at home against the Red Sox, but instead has been scratched due to a recurrence of tightness in his lower back. 

Manager Tony La Russa confirmed on Monday morning that Pujols has been scratched as a result of the issue. La Russa had said on Sunday that Pujols would play in Monday’s game, and Pujols came back with the team following a Sunday contest on the road against the Braves — a game that was rained out in the second inning.
Pujols reported to the park on Monday morning but was not in the lineup on a rainy day as a result of the tightness. In his absence, scheduled third-base starter Ruben Gotay moved to first base and Donovan Solano started at third base.
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Molina scratched — BUT NOT ENTIRELY

OK, here’s the NEW update. Molina is DH’ing tonight. LaRue is catching. Kennedy moves from DH to 2B, Miles comes out of the lineup.

Yadier Molina was originally in tonight’s lineup, batting seventh. But TLR just told us scribes that Molina has been scratched after all. Evidently he feels just fine, and he took BP on the field, but the imPACT testing still did not fully clear him. TLR said Molina would be available to pinch-hit if needed.

More tidbits to follow.

-M.

Wednesday afternoon tidbits: Duncan sore, sitting

* Chris Duncan is out today with a sore left hamstring. Evidently he felt it last night but played through it, but they’ve decided to be cautious and give him the day off.

* TLR says Franklin looks fine to him, though Franklin said last night he’s a little off.

* Glaus is batting fourth, with Ankiel fifth, because of Glaus’ numbers against Aaron Cook — 5-for-9 with 4 XBH.

* STL lineup: Schumaker LF, Ludwick RF, Pujols 1B, Glaus 3B, Ankiel CF, Molina C, Kennedy 2B, Wellemeyer P, Izturis SS.

* COL lineup: Taveras CF, Tulowitzki SS, Helton 1B, Holiday LF, Atkins 3B, Hawpe RF, Torrealba C, Nix 2B, Cook P.

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Johnson update

Tyler Johnson has a "strained rotator cuff and tendinitis." He’ll be held out of pitching for a week, though he plans to do long toss and work on strengthening during that time. Haven’t talked to the medical staff yet, but Tyler seemed downright relieved — he was clearly worried it would be much worse.

-M.

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