Will Pujols Injury Shocker, Make Reyes Think Twice?

An article by posted on June 20, 2011

Pujols out June 21, 2011Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols will miss four to six weeks with a small fracture in his left forearm, an injury that creates a gaping hole in the St. Louis lineup while vastly altering the dynamic of the National League Central race.

The Cardinals announced today that an MRI showed a non-displaced fracture of the left radius and that the All-Star’s arm was placed in a splint.

Pujols was injured Sunday in a baseline collision with Kansas City’s Wilson Betemit when Pujols came off first base to catch a wide throw from second baseman Pete Kozma. He will be placed on the disabled list and a roster replacement announced before Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia. The Cardinals are off today.

Pujols and the Cardinals have been feuding for two years over a contract extension, and the Cards’ All Star first baseman becomes a free agent after this season. I’m betting he’ll never come close to that original offer he turned down from the Cards last season.

I wonder if Jose Reyes will have a sudden urge to start some sort of negotiations with the Mets sooner rather than later?

I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear about a new development in the next two weeks regarding both sides being at the negotiating table (finally). Stay tuned.

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