Pujols' quick return no surprise to Reds

Pujols' quick return no surprise to Reds

ST. LOUIS -- That the Cardinals activated superstar first baseman Albert Pujols on Tuesday from the 15-day disabled list on the first day he was eligible was remarkable. Pujols was expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured left wrist, but was obviously back much faster.

"I didn't think it was going to take as long as they said originally, knowing Albert," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Modern medicine, and he was probably working on it around the clock -- no, it doesn't really surprise me. Somebody else maybe, but not him."

Pujols was not in Tuesday's starting lineup, but was expected to start on Wednesday.

"I'll take anyone else in that lineup other than Albert [even] with a broken wrist," said Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo, Wednesday's scheduled starter. "When somebody is in the lineup, you don't have any idea how much it's bothering him, or if it is even bothering him. You have to assume Albert is the Albert of old."