A day after being diagnosed with a fractured wrist, Albert Pujols was back in the Cardinals clubhouse Tuesday and professed that he believes he can beat his estimate of a mid-August return.
"I'm expecting that," he told MLB.com. "I've healed pretty well from injuries in the past, and I'm praying to hopefully have one of those in my bag still. Obviously there's no treatment that I can do, but I'll keep my legs in shape and work out and do what I'm able to do without making it worse. Hopefully whenever I'm ready to play, swing the bat and I'll be ready to go."
Pujols says he was surprised to hear of the diagnosis, saying he doesn't feel much discomfort and that he initially thought it was a minor injury.
"I had a good feeling that it was going to be just a little bruise, but obviously it wasn't," he said. "I was still in a little pain that night, but I feel good, no pain at all right now. What can you do? It's just one of those crazy things that happen in this game."
Pujols ended the interview when a reporter asked if the injury could have any ramifications for his future as an impending free agent, calling the question "stupid."