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Albert Pujols returns to action

St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

PHOENIX - JUNE 11: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 11, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Diamondbacks 5-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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A day after being activated -- but seeing no playing time -- Albert Pujols is back in the Cardinals’ lineup, batting third and playing first base.

Whatever we can say about his quick recovery, if I were the opposition, I’d certainly want to test just how recovered he is. I certainly wouldn’t want to hit the guy or anything -- we’re not savages here -- but I’d probably feed him a steady diet of hard inside stuff to see just how strong that wrist is. And then he’d probably hit, like, three homers, but that’s why I’m not a pitching coach or a manager or whatever.

Anyway, welcome back El Hombre.