Cards sluggers Pujols, Holliday scratched

Albert Pujols was expected to rejoin the St. Louis Cardinals’

lineup on Wednesday, but his return has been pushed back at least

one more day.

Pujols was originally slated to play first base, then was moved

to designated hitter before becoming a late scratch against the

Washington Nationals because of a sore back. The three-time

National League MVP has missed the last three games as a

precaution.

“He says he’s good to go, but if at any time during the workout

he feels a twinge, we’ll get him out,” manager Tony La Russa said

prior to batting practice.

Pujols took his normal turn in batting practice before the

decision was made to pull him.

The Cardinals also scratched outfielder Matt Holliday from the

lineup after he experienced soreness in his right rib cage

following BP.

“Especially at this time of year it’s better to go safe than

sorry,” Holliday said. “Whether it feels good enough to swing

tomorrow or not, I probably won’t (swing). If this was two days

before the season started I might be a little more concerned, but

I’ve got time.”

La Russa expects Holliday to be out at least a few more

days.

“He wont play this week, I’m sure,” he said.