The most talked-about calf in St. Louis these days isn't tomorrow night's veal marsala at Giovanni's on the Hill. No, it belongs on the left leg of Albert Pujols. The Cardinals all-star first baseman strained his left calf while running out a grounder in the seventh inning of a 7-2 win over the Reds. He aggravated an injury that he suffered last Tuesday in a game against the Nats.
Poor kid had to be helped off the field by his teammates! Pujols contributed a tater tot in the win, but Cards fans everywhere worry for the future. Says GM John Mozeliak: "Based on what I saw - and I'm not a doctor - it was pretty bad." Oh you're not a doctor? Thanks for clearing that up.
Pujols is likely headed to the disabled list where he'll join ten St. Louis pitchers recuperating their various ouchies:
- Adam Wainwright: Sprained right middle finger
- Kelvin Jiménez: Bruised right hand
- Joel Piñeiro: Right groin strain (kid's got two groins? hot)
- Jason Isringhausen: Sucks
- Brad Thompson: Right elbow inflammation
- Chris Carpenter: Recovery from right elbow surgery
- Matt Clement: Recovery from sprained goatee
- Mark Mulder: SARS
- Tyler Johnson: Left rotator surgery
- Josh Kinney: West Nile virus
Hey, at least he'll have his choice of gents to throw him batting practice.