The Phillies will begin a series in St Louis tomorrow night in a matchup featuring the two teams with the best records in the NL. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, they will be without their best player, Albert Pujols, after he fractured his arm over the weekend in a game against the Royals. Pujols will miss up to six weeks.â†µ
Pujols went down on a play where Wilson Betemit ran through his tag.â†µ
The three-time NL MVP was hurt after Wilson Betemit hit a chopper up the middle off Cardinals starter Jamie Garcia. Second baseman Pete Kozma backhanded the ball and made a jump-throw to first, pulling Pujols off the bag toward home. As the slugger tried for a tag, Betemit ran into his glove hand and Pujols went down to the ground in pain.â†µ
"He hit me on my wrist and my shoulder," Pujols said afterward. "He kind of jammed me back. It’s the toughest play to make as a first baseman. It’s a bang-bang play. I saw the replay a couple of times, but I didn’t really want to look at it."â†µ
Tough break for the Cards, but lucky for the Phillies, who have Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt lined up for the series.