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Pujols back in lineup after getting hit on hand

Pujols back in lineup after getting hit on hand

Pujols back in lineup after getting hit on hand
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.

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"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.

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