Despite the Cardinals suggestion yesterday that Albert Pujols' injury probably wasn't as bad as it seemed, it turns out that he has a fractured arm and he's going to be out 4-6 weeks.
Having broken my lower arm before, I can say that it's something that takes a long time to completely recover from. He's going to be unable to exercize the arm while it's in a cast, and when the cast comes off, his arm is going to be weak. It's also going to hurt when he bangs it on something -- and possibly when he takes a vicious swing -- for months.
So, we're going to be lucky if we see Albert Pujols being Albert Pujols again for the rest of this season.
But, the thing that could make this misfortune a blessing in disguise, is the fact that Pujols doesn't have much from which to be distracted for the next month and a half or so. So I would suggest the time would be right for St. Louis GM John Mozeliak to call Albert's agent and see if they can't hammer out a contract extension.
Pujols said the reason he didn't want to negotiate in season was because he didn't want to be distracted -- not because he wanted to start a free agent feeding frenzy. So, if he is true to his word, he ought to be ready and willing to talk right now...