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Pujols out with a back problem

Cardinals superstar Albert Pujols has been scratched from the team's game Monday against the Red Sox because of a back problem.

According to the team, Pujols is expected to be held out until at least Wednesday.

"I just spoke to one of our trainers back there working [at the Cardinals' complex in Jupiter], and he said [Pujols] feels good, much better," general manager John Mozeliak told "You want to be smart. You don't want to take something small and make it big."

Pujols' absence from the game created another opportunity for roster hopeful Joe Mather who played first base against Boston.