Pujols' Oblique Injury Analyzed

Rule of thumb analysis of St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols' oblique strain from baseball injury expert Rick Wilton of Baseball-Injury-Report.com, fantasy baseball's most experienced injury analyst.

Early indications on Sunday are that Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols' strained right oblique muscle isn't as bad as the initial six-week projection on Saturday night.

We've covered strained oblique injuries in detail this season, especially early on. The research shows that a higher percentage of players are out around 28-30 days.

If Pujols indeed were out six weeks, it would suggest he has a grade 2 strain of the oblique muscle. This would mean he has tearing of the muscle fibers but not a rupture of the tendons that connects the oblique muscle to the bone.

Right now, pending further information from the Cardinals, look for Pujols to miss a month.

Editor's note: Pujols left Saturday's game after two innings due to a strained oblique muscle suffered while chasing a pop up in foul territory. Pujols went onto the disabled list as a result. Chris Duncan was called up from Triple-A Memphis to replace him.

Pujols is the reigning National League Most Valuable Player and this season leads the circuit in home runs, RBI, runs scored, total bases and slugging percentage. Jim Edmonds, also ailing, replaced Pujols at first base on Sunday.

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The Baseball Injury Report is published by Rick Wilton, fantasy baseball's most experienced injury analyst. Rick, with background in radiology, pharmacology and physical therapy, has been a contributor to STATS Inc., Sports Weekly Hot Sheet, and BaseballHQ.com.

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