Concluding a news briefing about Albert Pujols’ injury that killed the mood at Tony La Russa’s charity golf event, the St. Louis Cardinals manager let down his guard.
“I’m going to go find a place to cry,” he said.
Pujols, a three-time National League MVP, will be out an estimated six weeks with a fractured left wrist from a collision over the weekend.
“You can’t replace a player of his magnitude,” general manager John Mozeliak said.
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The injury is a non-displaced fracture of the left radius bone and his arm is in a splint.
Mozeliak said he hoped to have Pujols back by the beginning of August and the team anticipated no lingering effects.
JACK IS BACK … AGAIN
Florida Marlins interim manager Jack McKeon sat listening as team president David Samson offered a spirited defense of the decision to give the job to an octogenarian.
Samson said McKeon, 80, works harder than many people half his age and seems even sharper mentally than in 2003, when he led the Marlins to a World Series title. Then a grinning McKeon intentionally messed up Samson’s name.
“Thanks, George,” McKeon said.
Nearly six years after McKeon retired as Florida’s manager, he returned to his former job on an interim basis, becoming the second-oldest manager in history. Connie Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics until he was 87.
McKeon succeeds manager Edwin Rodriguez, who resigned before Sunday’s loss at Tampa Bay. McKeon previously managed the Royals (1973-75), A’s (1977-78), Padres (1988-90), Reds (1997-2000) and Marlins (2003-05).
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig rejected a proposed television deal between the Dodgers and Fox Sports that voids a recent divorce settlement between team owner Frank McCourt and his ex-wife, Jamie McCourt. … Giovanni Ramirez, the main suspect in the brutal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium on opening day, was sent back to prison for 10 months for a parole violation involving access to a gun. … Baseball drew its biggest weekend crowds in three years, nearly 1.65 millions fans, boosted by sellouts at Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and the Coliseum in Oakland. … Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto was scratched from his scheduled start against the Yankees because of a stiff neck. … After 15 seasons and 1,900 games at shortstop and second base, Cleveland’s Orlando Cabrera moved to third base for the first time as a professional. … White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was ejected in the sixth inning against the Cubs, and Brewers skipper Ron Roenicke was booted for the first time this season in the sixth inning against Tampa Bay. … Brewers right-hander Shaun Marcum may miss his next scheduled start Wednesday after straining his left hip in his previous appearance Friday. … San Diego first base coach Dave Roberts said he received a good medical report following his treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. … Tampa Bay pitching coach Jim Hickey is not with the team in Milwaukee after his house in St. Cloud, Fla., sustained significant damage in a fire. Assistant Stan Boroski filled in.