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Albert Pujols' Back Is Bothering Him

Mar 8, 2010 – 12:28 PM
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Tom Fornelli

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One of the biggest fears a team has during spring training is an injury to a key member of the roster. Those fears were realized by the Dodgers on Sunday when they found out that Russell Martin was going to miss four-to-six weeks because of a groin pull, by the Royals after finding out Alex Gordon broke his thumb and by Minnesota that it may be more than just loose scar tissue in Joe Nathan's elbow.

Well, as painful as those injuries may be to their respective clubs, there's no player in baseball a team can afford to lose less than the Cardinals can Albert Pujols. Which is why there were probably a lot of sinking feelings in Jupiter, Fla. on Monday morning when Pujols had to be scratched from the team's game against the Red Sox due to a bad back.
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols remained at the team's spring training headquarters Monday due to back discomfort that caused him to seek treatment from a chiropractor. Pujols was scheduled to appear in today's Grapefruit League game in Fort Myers against the Boston Red Sox but was scratched.

"It's been bothering me some so I got it looked at. It's better now," Pujols said before leaving the Roger Dean Stadium complex. "Depending on how it feels, I might go over tomorrow [for the Cardinals' exhibition in Fort Myers against the Minnesota Twins]. It's still early. I don't want to push it if it's going to set me back. But we'll see. I want to play."
The good news is that Pujols' back problems don't appear to be anything serious. The bad news is Albert Pujols' back hurts. Back injuries are things that can derail careers, and nobody wants that to happen to the man who is likely the greatest hitter of his generation.

The best course of action for the Cardinals to take with Pujols would be to let him rest as long as he needs to. He's such an amazing hitter that missing a week or two of spring training, if that's what is needed, isn't going to doom him to a season in which he only hits .290 with 27 homers and a measly 95 RBI.
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