St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols makes a play on a ball hit by Texas Rangers' Michael Young during the sixth inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) By Paul Sancya
(BaseballStL) – Speculation is running rampant that the big sluggers on both teams in the World Series are banged up.
Television analysts are speculating that Rangers’ centerfielder Josh Hamilton is playing with a groin injury. The experts point to Hamilton’s grimacing and grabbing after turning on a pitch that went foul late in the game. They also point out his apparently tentative run to grab a long fly ball to center.
According to the analysts, if Hamilton does have a groin injury it could have a big impact on Hamilton’s ability to get power at the plate.
Albert Pujols will be black and blue on his left leg after taking a foul ball and an errant pitch off his foot and shin. Pujols was visibly limping through the game; however it did not appear to impact his play in the field. Pujols made two highlight-reel plays at first, tracking down balls to his right and left that both resulted in crucial outs.