Pujols plays, shrugs off concerns about ankle

Pujols plays, shrugs off concerns about ankle

PHILADELPHIA -- Albert Pujols is dealing with a sore left ankle, but the slugger is not so dinged up that he can't play. Pujols was removed from Saturday night's Game 1 of the Cardinals' National League Division Series, but he started Sunday night's Game 2.

Asked if he was all clear, Pujols responded, with a laugh, "What kind of question is that?"

Still, there's some mild concern about Pujols' condition. At times he's running at less than full speed, and he gave way to a pinch-runner in the ninth inning on Saturday.

"If it happens during the game that he hits it wrong, it will cause him discomfort," manager Tony La Russa said. "He's feeling better now. They treated it after the game. He may go several games without feeling it again where it's really painful. But he plays with it."