Rolen will try to lead the Cardinals to their 11th win in 13 games when they continue their four-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
With Pujols sidelined by a hamstring injury, Rolen led the Cardinals to a 4-3 win in the series opener on Monday. The All-Star third baseman, who leads the majors with 60 RBIs, went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer.
“It doesn’t matter how you do it or when you do it as long as it gets done,” Rolen said.
Pujols injured his left hamstring while running the bases during Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Houston. He is listed as day-to-day but could be available to pinch-hit.
John Mabry started at first base Monday and went 1-for-4.
”(Pujols) is still getting treated, so we’ll have to wait and sit,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “Is there a situation where he could pinch-hit, depending on how he feels? The answer is probably yes. Are we going to try and avoid using him? Absolutely.”
Pujols, the defending NL batting champion, was originally scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, but never had the test.
“He did not feel like it was a tear—so that’s a good sign,” La Russa said. “He may be out two weeks, but a tear is six weeks, two months. We don’t think it’s that bad, hopefully.”
“We got another one-run loss,” Chicago manager Dusty Baker said. “We’re going to have to start winning these one-run games soon, getting some singles and runners in scoring position.”