The Cardinals Major League Notebook 06/25

The Cardinals lineup appears close to having its best hitter back. First baseman Albert Pujols, who has been out since suffering a strained left calf June 10, joined the team in Detroit and had his most extensive workout since the injury.

Pujols ran extensively and took plenty of swings. The team liked what it saw in the workout, and Pujols may be activated from the disabled list Thursday.

"It feels pretty good right now," he said. "Believe me, if I felt anything, I don't think I would be out there running. I'm making good progress right now, and I don't want to go backwards."

Manager Tony La Russa might use Pujols as a designated hitter for the first one or two games while the team plays at American League ballparks.

CARDINALS 8, TIGERS 4: Brian Barton, Skip Schumaker and Brendan Ryan each drove in two runs in St. Louis' victory. Braden Looper earned the win despite giving up three home runs in six-plus innings.

NOTES AND QUOTES

--LHP Mark Mulder, who was scratched from a scheduled rehab start for Class AAA Memphis on Monday, will be re-evaluated Wednesday. Mulder is trying to work his way back from two shoulder surgeries.

--INF Adam Kennedy made his first career appearance at first base. He had played 1,124 games at second base, one in the center field (in 2002), one in right field (in 2007) and one at shortstop (in 2007).

--RHP Chris Perez was unavailable due to flu-like symptoms.

--LF Brian Barton went 2-for-3 with two RBIs as he attempts to shake off a month-long slump. He entered the game hitting .160 (4-for-25) in June.

--1B Albert Pujols (calf strain) may be activated from the disabled list Thursday. Pujols joined the team in Detroit and worked out extensively. "It feels pretty good right now," he said. "Believe me, if I felt anything, I don't think I would be out there running. I'm making good progress right now, and I don't want to go backwards."


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