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Cardinals Release Ryan Franklin

The Cardinals finally ran out of patience with reliever Ryan Franklin, cutting the closer Wednesday after he failed to regain his touch.

Franklin was 1-4 with an 8.46 ERA and one save in 16 games. On Tuesday night against the Orioles, the righty gave up two runs and three hits, including a homer, while getting only one out.

His inability to be effective, even in a mop-up role, led to the Cardinals giving him his unconditional release.

Via ESPN.com

Pujols Limited To Six-Year Deal?

Speculation has mounted that the wrist injury of Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols could have an impact on his next contract.

It is believed that Pujols, who will turn 32 before next season, will have trouble landing anything longer than a six-year contract.

As time progresses, it appears as though Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder may surpasses Pujols as this winter's top free agent.

Fielder is four years younger and enjoying an MVP season.

Via St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Pujols: 'I Feel Like I Can Play'

Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is expected to miss at least four weeks with a broken left wrist, but says he feels healthy enough to play.

"To tell you the truth, I feel like I can play," Pujols said. "I'll just be positive and be in the lineup before you know it."

The slugger is currently wearing a soft cast on the wrist. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.

Pujols was hurt taking an offline throw at first base Sunday when the Kansas City's Wilson Betemit collided with him. Before a CT scan revealed the fracture he had been optimistic that he hadn't been seriously hurt.

"I had a good feeling that I was going to be just a little bruised, but obviously it wasn't," Pujols said. "There was still a little pain that night but I feel good, no pain at all right now.

"I mean, what can you do? It's one of those crazy things that happens in the game," he said.

Via Associated Press

Pujols Out With Broken Arm

Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols will be out for 4-6 weeks with a fractured left forearm, according to an ESPN.com report.

The team announced the results of an MRI and CT scan Monday, a day after Pujols was injured during a home game against Kansas City. The team said Pujols has a non-displaced fracture of his left radius and his arm is in a splint.

Via ESPN.com

Pujols Sprains Wrist, Tests Pending

Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols was hurt on a play at first base in the sixth inning and left Sunday's game against the Royals.

A Cardinals spokesman said a preliminary evaluation revealed Pujols sustained a sprain to his left wrist, but tests are pending.

He will receive further evaluation Monday, an off day for the Cardinals.

"To be honest, I can't give you guys too much until the X-rays and an MRI tomorrow," Pujols said. "I know I'm pretty sore. Am I worried? Of course. Hopefully, everything will come out negative tomorrow. When I come out of a game, believe me, something is really wrong.

"Hopefully, cross our fingers and I'll be all right."

Via ESPN.com

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