The Cardinals thought Albert Pujols’ hamstring problem was mild enough that they didn’t bring him in for treatment on Monday’s off day, but he is out of the lineup for Tuesday’s game in Houston.
Pujols left the Sunday night game against the Reds in the seventh inning because of what was originally called tightness and later termed a strain of his left hamstring.
In Pujols’ absence tonight, the Cardinals have Lance Berkman playing first base and Jon Jay in right field. They called up first baseman Mark Hamilton a week ago, and it’d seem like a good time to play him tonight against a right-handed starter. However, the Cardinals opted for the defensive gain in moving Berkman to the infield.