Pujols could return to Cardinals lineup Tuesday

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

felt great.

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.