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Pujols cautious with tight hamstring

Posted on: April 24, 2011 10:58 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2011 1:06 am
Albert PujolsBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Albert Pujols is optimistic about the tight left hamstring that forced him from Sunday's game.

"I think it depends on how I wake up tomorrow," Pujols told reporters, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Tom Timmermann. "The tests were pretty good. They don't think it's too bad. When I wake up tomorrow, I can sense a little more about how I feel. Hopefully it's not as bad as I feel right now. I'll be glad we have an off day tomorrow."

The Cardinals are off on Monday before starting a three-game series at Houston on Tuesday. Pujols said he'll go to Busch Stadium early Monday to get treatment.

Pujols left the game after grounding out to end the seventh inning. Pujols hit a weak grounder to third baseman Miguel Cairo, whose throw was high, but first baseman Joey Votto was able to leap to catch the ball and come down on the bag. Pujols had already started slowing down before Votto caught the ball. Lance Berkman replaced him at first, with Jon Jay going to right field.

"I tried to get an infield hit, which I don't get too many of," Pujols said. "And after three or four steps, it felt a little tight. I pulled up because obviously I think I prefer tightness to a blown out hamstring. It's something that I have to deal with. It's been rough the last week or so with the rain. Our body takes a little beating."

Pujols said the constant rain and wet fields caused fatigue in his legs.

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Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:03 pm

Pujols cautious with tight hamstring

i am a huge Cardinals Fan .. Biggest there can be .. THE Strike Zone for Mitchell Boggs was so generous . I even said it while watching it .. WOW every close pitch is a strike . however you need to know that when in that circumstance with a hurricane/ tornado incoming .. you better swing .. But lets be honest the REDS did ZERO the whole game offensively .. not too sure it would even matter .. Reds checked out Saturday night 

Since: May 27, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:30 pm

Pujols cautious with tight hamstring

This is what cracks me up. Anybody who ever watches baseball KNOWS that umps are going to expand the strikezone in situations like this. It happens all the time. If you are a hitter, you have to SWING!!. If you get caught with your bat on your shoulder, it's your own damn fault!! Protect yourself and the plate and foul the pitch off.

Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:36 pm

A ball is a ball...unlesss it's raining

After reading the last few posts I had to chuckle as I like others am a DIE HARD CARDINALS FAN.  I see it from a different view than you, and if you ask my wife, (who could care less) I actually called that strike out before it happened.  The few pitches before the strikeout was about 5 inches OUTSIDE.  The umpire called this strike two, which angered the batter.  Right there, in that second I told my wife. "He'd better swing at ANYTHING close, the rain is coming down and they're going to get this game finished RIGHT NOW."  Sure enough, the next pitch was close so he swung, but then came the final pitch.  Yes, it a was a ball....was it waaaaaaaaaaaaaay inside??  No, but it was close enough that that Umpire was going to end the game.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 11:02 am

Pujols cautious with tight hamstring

Well agree to disagree. It was a close call. I have my biases as a Reds fan, and I'm sure you have yours as a Cards fan. We have to admit that as fans, no matter how impartial we try and tell ourselves we are, objectivity is thrown out the window when it comes to passion for the game and for our teams. Because of my loyalties my eyes told me the last pitch was inside, because of your loyalties, yours told you it caught the corner. Had the situation been reversed, I'm sure our views on the call would have been as well. In any case no sense making a big deal about it after the fact. Now that the game and at bat have been over for some time, and I've slept on it and cooled off from my initial "pissed off" state over the call, I can say congratulations that the call went your way this time. And no worries, you didn't disappoint me, the call did. But like I said, that's probably only because I'm a Reds fan. Had a Card been struck out on such a call, maybe you'd have felt that disappointment. But like I said, that's probably only because you're a Cards fan.

Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 8:54 am

Pujols cautious with tight hamstring

Not usually a 'blame the umpire' type, but the 3-1 Mitchell Boggs offering to Jonny Gomes stood out as a pretty shaky call.  It was almost obviously quite a bit off the plate. 

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 1:23 am

Pujols cautious with tight hamstring

 Through the game there were quite a few close pitches off the plate that were called strikes on a Cardinal hitter so it seems reasonable that there would be one or two against the Reds too but it wasn't two. Sorry to disappoint you but one of those - the last one - was a clear strike.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: April 25, 2011 12:15 am

Pujols pulled with hamstring injury

the one outside was terrible. good foot. that made bruce have to swing at the next pitch and foul it off. the one inside caught the corner, i thought.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2011 11:45 pm

Pujols pulled with hamstring injury

Home plate umpire John Hirshbeck is a WIMP! He called two obvious balls, one outside and one inside to ring up Jay Bruce and end the game, because the sissy didn't want to call it fair and stand in the rain any longer. What an unprofessional JOKE

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