Albert Pujols Returns a Month Ahead of Schedule

A little over two weeks ago, Albert Pujols went down with a broken left wrist, and St. Louis fans panicked that its slim lead in the NL Central was toast. No Pujols for 4-6 weeks? Unfathomable. (Pujols had played in 625 out of 648 games in the last four seasons.)

But the Reds continued to scuffle. The Brewers couldn’t get their act together. And 16 days later, the Cardinals still have a 1-game lead in the Central. Guess Jason Lisk was right – the injury didn’t have the impact everyone though it would.

Now, for the really good news – incredibly, Pujols is already healthy and was activiated from the DL today. He’s not in the starting lineup, but he’s available to pinch-hit.

Elsewhere in baseball tonight – it’s a great night to watch some of the best pitchers in the game:

CC Sabathia (11-4) on the road against his old team, the Indians
JonĀ  Lester (10-4) at home against the Blue Jays
Cole Hamels (9-4, 2.41 ERA) on the road against the Marlins
Felix Hernandez (8-7, 3.35 ERA) on the road against the A’s
Justin Verlander (11-3) on the road against the Angels
Matt Cain (7-4) at home against the Padres

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