The St. Louis Cardinals activated slugger Albert Pujols from the disabled list Tuesday, just two-and-a-half weeks after he broke a bone in his left wrist.
Pujols was originally expected to miss four-to-six weeks with the injury; however he healed much faster than expected.
Manager Tony LaRussa did not put Pujols in the lineup for Tuesday night’s 8-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, although the slugger was available to pinch hit. Pujols will likely be in the starting lineup Wednesday night.
The Cardinals won six of the 13 games during Pujols’ absence, but entered today with a one-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central division.
This season, Pujols is hitting .279 with 17 home runs and 45 runs batted in. He was not selected as an All-Star for the first time since the 2002 season, and just the second time in his 11-year major league career.