JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — 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. 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. A spokesman for the team said Holliday is day-to-day.