Monday, June 05, 2006

Albert Pujols


Cardinals trainer Barry Weinberg classified Albert Pujols' strained right oblique as "moderate to severe" on Sunday.
He added that the injury was closer to severe than moderate and that Pujols was experiencing pain and limited mobility. "Now, we just go through the steps of getting him better," Weinberg said. "The first thing he has to do is normal things: coughing, sneezing and opening the door. Then we can get more aggressive with the rehab and we can get more aggressive with some baseball activity." All of this doesn't sound too encouraging, and our guess is that Pujols will miss closer to six weeks than two. He's scheduled for an MRI tomorrow.

Pujols was having a season for the ages. In 53 games, he managed 25 home runs, 65 RBIs, 44 walks, 52 runs scored, and a .307/.442/.751 batting line. Projected over 162 games, Pujols would have finished with 76 home runs, 195 RBIs, 156 runs scored, and 132 walks. In a post-steroid era, his 2006 might have been considered the greatest season since WWII by a position player.

It looks like now that his march to glory will be delayed by a few weeks on the disabled list. It's too bad. Pujols, barring injury, is already penciled in at Cooperstown. The question will be: will he be mentioned in the same breath as Ruth, Williams and Gehrig or Jackson, Fox, and Musial?