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Pujols Activated From Disabled List 15 Days After Breaking Arm

Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals
An injured Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on from the dugout against the the Toronto Blue Jays at Busch Stadium on June 25, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. Photographer: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols was activated from the disabled list, 15 days after breaking his left arm and two weeks before he was expected to return, Major League Baseball said on its website.

Pujols, 31, won’t be in the starting lineup tonight against the Cincinnati Reds and should be available to pinch hit, according to the website. The nine-time All-Star and three-time National League Most Valuable Player was injured on June 19 in a collision at first base with Kansas City Royals third baseman Wilson Betemit.

At the time of the injury, Pujols was expected to miss four to six weeks. He has been working out for about a week and is returning from the disabled list at the earliest possible date, the website said.

In 73 games this season, Pujols is hitting a career-low .279, with 17 home runs and 45 runs batted in.

The Cardinals went 6-7 in his absence and scored 51 runs, a full run per game less than their average with Pujols in the lineup, according to the website.

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