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Cards star Pujols out six weeks

ST. LOUIS — Concluding a news briefing about Albert Pujols' injury that killed the mood at Tony La Russa's charity golf event, the Cardinals manager let down his guard.

"I'm going to go find a place to cry," La Russa said.

Pujols will be out an estimated six weeks with a fractured left wrist from a first-base collision on Sunday. The Cardinals, tied for first in the NL Central, are left to absorb another devastating blow in a season marred by injuries.

"You can't replace a player of his magnitude," general manager John Mozeliak said. "It just seems like we've had to deal with one injury after another.

"We still have to find ways to win games, and that's what we'll do."

The team announced the results of an MRI exam and CT scan Monday, one day after Pujols was injured during a home game against the Royals. 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. The three-time NL MVP, who left the Rays unimpressed in an infamous predraft workout at Tropicana Field in 1999, will miss the three-game series at Tampa Bay July 1-3.

"I like playing teams at full strength," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "You want to beat everybody with their best players; you do. Furthermore from the fans' perspective, having a chance to see him play there, for a lot of different reasons of course I'd rather have him still be in the lineup.''

The Cardinals anticipated no lingering effects from what the general manager described as a small fracture. Mozeliak said Pujols' left shoulder was sore, but no structural damage was found.

Though his .279 average, .355 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage are well below his career numbers, Pujols was starting to heat up. He is batting .317 with eight of his 17 home runs in 17 games in June.

Dodgers TV deal nixed

LOS ANGELES — Commissioner Bud Selig rejected a proposed television deal between the Dodgers and Fox that voids a recent divorce settlement between team owner Frank McCourt and Jamie McCourt.

In a statement, Selig said the TV contract would further divert Dodger assets to McCourt's "personal needs."

"Given the magnitude of the transaction, such a diversion of assets would have the effect of mortgaging the future of the franchise to the long-term detriment of the club and its fans," Selig wrote.

The McCourts reached an agreement Friday that was contingent on Selig's approval of a TV deal reported to be worth up to $3 billion. Under the settlement, Frank McCourt would receive $385 million upfront. However, the settlement terms showed about $150 million would be used toward paying attorneys' fees, existing debt and an account that would be monitored by the divorce judge.

FAN ATTACK: The main suspect in the brutal beating of a Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium was sent back to prison for 10 months for a parole violation. Giovanni Ramirez, 31, has been in custody since May 22, when police arrested him in connection with the attack on Bryan Stow.

ATTENDANCE HIKE: Sellouts at Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and the Oakland Coliseum helped baseball to its biggest weekend crowds in three years. Nearly 1.65 million fans saw games Friday through Sunday. That made for the top attendance during a regular 45-game weekend since Sept. 26-28, 2008.

ASTROS: RF Hunter Pence, out for a third straight game because of a sprained left elbow, is expected to return to the lineup tonight.

CUBS: CF Marlon Byrd, out since a May 21 beaning left him with facial fractures, said he could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment next week.

MARLINS: A knee injury to OF Chris Coghlan, the former NL rookie of the year and East Lake standout, voided his demotion to the minors and put him on the 15-day disabled list.

PADRES: First-base coach Dave Roberts said he got clean scans at a Boston cancer center following his treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma.

REDS: RHP Johnny Cueto was scratched from his start against the Yankees because of a stiff neck that bothered him when he threw the ball.

RED SOX: RHP Josh Beckett is sick and will miss tonight's start. LHP Alfredo Aceves will replace him.

ROCKIES: CF Dexter Fowler was activated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

ROYALS: C Jason Kendall, trying to come back from September shoulder surgery, began a rehab assignment at Rookie League Surprise.

YANKEES: 3B Alex Rodriguez has a left shoulder strain, according to ESPN.com, but he and manager Joe Girardi downplayed the injury.

Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.

Cards star Pujols out six weeks 06/20/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1:11am]

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