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Ex-Cardinal Albert Pujols
Albert Pujols’ slow start with the Angels has helped ease the pain of his departure from St. Louis. However, the Cardinals have now lost three first basemen to injury this season, making it seem as though Pujols’ shoes at first base will never be filled. It’s like the ESPN commercial is coming to life—“The Machine” is terminating all those who follow.
36-year-old Lance Berkman began the year much like his dominant hitting campaign last season, once again posting a batting average above .300. But on May 25, “the Puma” underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Allen Craig would’ve been Berkman’s replacement, but he was recovering from a surgery of his own, giving young gun Matt Carpenter his first real taste of the big leagues. So what happens? Carpenter strains his right oblique.
Craig finally recovers, but just one month later he strains his hamstring. Believe in ghosts? Something doesn’t seem right…
Pujols is arguably the most consistent hitter ever to play the game. In each of his first 10 seasons in the MLB, he hit over .300, over 30 HR and over 100 RBI. But no matter how hard he tries, Manager Mike Matheny can’t seem to find a new everyday first baseman.
Rookie Matt Adams was recently called up from (AAA) Memphis. Matheny may have struck gold with this kid. The powerful lefty slugger was the Minor League Player of the Year in 2011 and hit his first career HR in yesterday’s game versus the Phillies. So far, Adams is 10 for 29, posting a .345 average with a HR, four 2Bs and two RBI.
Might want to keep the medics on hold, though.