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Albert Pujols heads to DL with fractured forearm, out 4-6 weeks

The bad news about Albert Pujols'(notes) injury just zoomed around the Internet before I could even settle on a photo of the painful aftermath from Sunday afternoon.

But in case you haven't heard yet: The St. Louis Cardinals star is headed to the disabled list for an expected 4-6 weeks with a fractured left forearm. The injury occurred after the Royals' Wilson Betemit(notes) collided with Pujols' glove hand during a close play at first base.

There's obviously a lot of things affected here. In a baseball sense, the Cards are losing their superstar who had just shaken off a (relatively) slow start and was hitting .314/.419/.778 with eight homers and 14 RBIs in the month of June. Lance Berkman(notes) will be able to slide into Pujols' spot at first base and maybe, as several contrarian articles are destined to point out, the Cards can weather the storm like they've weathered the loss of Adam Wainwright(notes). Regardless, you never want your best slugger suffering a wrist injury when it looks like you're going to be in a dogfight with the Reds and Brewers for the NL Central title over the stretch run.

From a financial standpoint, Pujols' wrist injury can't help his push for a new contract. Maybe it isn't as debilitating as, say, the Chicago Cubs' debt situation or the Wilpons needing a sugar daddy to stay afloat, but it certainly can't help.

Moving along to less important manners, this guarantees that Pujols will miss the first All-Star game of his career (though second if you count the time in 2007 that Tony La Russa opted for Aaron Rowand(notes) in a late-game situation instead of Pujols.)

It also guarantees you're going to hear a thousand fantasy laments from depressed owners — starting with yours truly, sigh — over the next month or so.

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