Albert Pujols had a bit of an awkward moment Tuesday night. After being hit by a pitch in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers, the St. Louis Cardinals first baseman had to be escorted to the Brewers clubhouse after a heated game to get his hand X-rayed.
Fortunately, Pujols’ left hand seems to only be bruised. But the slugger, who only recently came off the disabled list after fracturing his right wrist, is unsure if he will be available to play in Wednesday afternoon’s game.
Pujols said he continued playing through the pain because of the importance of the game.
“My grip was kind of tiring,” he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I'm not going to come out of the game; it was a big game."
After Pujols was hit, teammate Jason Motte pegged the Brewers’ Ryan Braun in the back, in what some viewed as a retaliatory move.
Pujols took issue with the pitch that hit him.
"I can't tell you what they're trying to do,” he said to the media after the game. “But I'll tell you that if you need to come inside, you better keep the ball low. That's all I have say."
Manager Tony La Russa also shared some pretty strong opinions with the Post-Dipatch.
“There's nothing intentional about it. But they throw the ball in here,” he said. “Do you know how many bones there are in the hand? Do you know how many bones there are in the face? That's where those pitches are.”
The Cards won the game 8-7 in 11 innings. They remain in second place in the NL Central, 2.5 games behind the Brewers.