As far as this season goes, I’d usually say another player in a Cardinals uniform injured is just a regular day. This time, however, is different. This time the injured Redbird is Albert Pujols, the best player in baseball.
After breaking a 2-2 tie against the Royals in the fifth inning with a solo homerun, Albert collided with Wilson Betemit in the top of the sixth, injuring his left wrist. He appeared to be in severe pain and was taken out of the game. There is no word yet as to the severity of the injury. The best we can hope for is that it’s just a mild sprain.
Pujols missing any significant amount of time is bad news for the player on multiple levels. First, losing Pujols would basically be the nail in the coffin for the Redbirds season since nearly every other player has been injured so far this season. Sorry to sound like a pessimist, but it’s true.
The Cardinals have put more players on the disabled list this year already than ALL of last year. And, to show how staggering this fact is, the Cards weren’t exactly healthy last year. In fact, they were plagued with injuries. Again, at this point, the lineup of injuries has become ridiculous and all we can do as fans is shake our heads in disbelief.
To make matters worse, Pujols is a pending free agent. For a guy who is already having the worst statistical season of his career thus far, a major injury at the age of 31 might make owners think Pujols’ best years are behind him (That’s what they might think, not what I think). Lastly, Pujols has batted over .300, hit 30 or more homeruns and has had 100 rbis or more in each of his ten seasons. A trip to the DL would most likely prevent that from happening. He’s gone on the DL before and still accomplished the goal, but like previously mentioned, this year his numbers aren’t as solid.
Still, this is just a “worst case scenario” possibility and hopefully Albert is okay and just sits for a few days. However, it’s kinda hard to swing a bat with an injured wrist.
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