Kyle Schwarber carted off with a leg injury during Thursday’s game

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Update (11:21 PM EST): Schwarber is being evaluated for a sprained left ankle, CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports. X-rays came up negative and he will undergo an MRI on Friday.

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Cubs outfielders Kyle Schwarber and Dexter Fowler converged in an attempt to catch a Jean Segura fly ball in left-center field in the second inning of Thursday’s game against the Diamondbacks, but the two collided. Segura was able to turn the opportunity into an inside-the-park home run.

Replays showed Schwarber taking the brunt of the collision and he was clutching at his leg. Hopefully it’s not as serious as it looked. Schwarber was unable to put weight on his leg and had to be carted off. Kris Bryant moved to left field from third base and Tommy La Stella came in to play third.

If Schwarber needs to go on the disabled list, Jorge Soler should see the lion’s share of the playing time in the outfield.

The Cubs should provide an update on Schwarber’s status soon. We’ll pass word along here when that happens.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).