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Pujols activated, expected to start Wednesday

The Cardinals plan to activate slugging first baseman Albert Pujols prior to their Tuesday night game against the Reds, the club has announced.

But Pujols will be available only as a pinch hitter or substitute Tuesday. He plans to return to the starting lineup Wednesday night in the finale against Cincinnati.

Relief pitcher Brian Tallet was placed on the disabled list to make room for Pujols on the roster.