ST. LOUIS (AP) - Albert Pujols could be back in the St. Louis
Cardinals' lineup as soon as Tuesday night, beating the initial
timetable for his return from a broken left wrist by a month.
After taking indoor batting practice and fielding grounders
outside on Monday, Pujols said there was no pain and added that he
Tuesday is the first day Pujols is eligible to return from the
15-day disabled list. He broke the wrist in a collision at first
base with the Royals' Wilson Betemit on June 19 and the team
initially believed the three-time NL MVP would be out six weeks and
could return the first of August.
The Cardinals lost five of their first six games without Pujols
but had recovered lately and were 5-7 overall entering Monday's
game against the Cincinnati Reds.