MILWAUKEE -- Albert Pujols was back in the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday, a day after he was hit on the left hand by a pitch. Pujols said Wednesday morning that he was feeling quite a bit better than he had the night before, when he admitted to significant pain in his hand.
"I'm good," he said. "I feel good -- a little swelling, not bad."
Manager Tony La Russa waited for Pujols' arrival at the ballpark to post a lineup Wednesday. When the slugger arrived and was feeling all right, he was cleared to play.
"The X-ray was negative, and he said he's good to go," La Russa said.
In late June, Pujols was injured in a nearby spot, in the area of his left wrist, and missed two weeks due to a small fracture.