Updated at 2:46 p.m.
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is expected to be out 4-to-6 weeks with a small fracture in his left wrist.
The team confirmed the news, first reported by Fox, Monday afternoon. Pujols jammed his wrist and shoulder against Wilson Betemit on a play at first base in the sixth inning of the Cardinals' 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday in St. Louis.
An MRI and CT scan revealed that Pujols has a non-displaced fracture of his left radius, the team said. His forearm was placed in a splint; his left shoulder was sore, but no structural damage was found.
“All I can tell you right now is I am pretty sore,” Pujols said Sunday night. “Am I worried at all? Of course, but I have faith in the Lord and hopefully everything comes negative tomorrow. When I come out of the game, believe me something is really wrong…Hopefully cross our fingers that I'll be all right.”
Pujols, who was 3-for-3 and hit his 17th home run in the game, has previously had only two stints on the disabled list (June 2006, left oblique strain; June 2008, left calf strain).
The Cardinals say they will announce a roster move before their series against the Philadelphia Phillies begins tomorrow night.