Will Pujols Injury Shocker, Make Reyes Think Twice?

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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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