Pujols breaks arm, Marlins tab McKeon

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Monday, June 20, 2011
Posted: 2:09 p.m. Updated: 8:26 p.m.
The Associated Press, CSNPhilly.com

ST. LOUIS -- The Phillies won't face St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols when the teams meet Tuesday. Pujols is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured left forearm.

Pujols suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left radius, and his arm is in a splint. The Cardinals announced the results of an MRI and CT scan Monday.

The three-time NL MVP was hurt after Wilson Betemit hit a chopper up the middle off Cardinals starter Jamie Garcia.Second baseman Pete Kozma backhanded the ball and made a jump-throw to first, pulling Pujols off the bag toward home. As the slugger tried for a tag, Betemit ran into his glove hand and Pujols went down to the ground in pain.

"He hit me on my wrist and my shoulder," Pujols said afterward. "He kind of jammed me back. It's the toughest play to make as a first baseman. It's a bang-bang play. I saw the replay a couple of times, but I didn't really want to look at it."

Pujols is hitting .279 this year, starting to heat up after a slow start. The team said his left shoulder was sore, but no structural damage was found.

Betemit said there was no way to avoid Pujols.

"I was running hard and the ball arrived at the same time I got to the base," Betemit said. "I couldn't do anything about it. He hit me on my left arm, that's why he dropped the ball. I hit him and then I saw him on the ground. That's part of the game. I couldn't do anything about it."

Marlins hire Jack McKeon as manager

MIAMI -- Jack McKeon assumed the rarest of roles Monday: 80-year-old caretaker. Nearly six years after McKeon retired asthe Florida Marlins' manager, he returned to his old job on an interimbasis and will lead the team for the rest of the season. The Marlinsare expected to hire another manager after this season before they moveinto their new ballpark next April. McKeon, who guided Florida to the 2003World Series championship, becomes the second-oldest manager in majorleague history. Connie Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics in asuit, tie and straw hat until 1950, when he was 87.McKeon will wear a uniform with No. 25. "I've managed since I was 14 years old,"McKeon jokingly said. "I'll probably manage until I'm 95. ... I look atit this way: Why should experience get penalized? Eighty doesn't mean athing. I'm not 80. My birth certificate says that, but I'm not 80." McKeon succeeds manager Edwin Rodriguez,who resigned before Sunday's loss at Tampa Bay. Last-place Florida tooka 10-game losing streak into Monday night's matchup at home against theLos Angeles Angels. McKeon had been working part time as aspecial assistant to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. He was home in NorthCarolina watching his granddaughter's softball game Sunday when thecall came with an offer to return to the dugout.
"It's good to have a friend in a time of need," president of baseballoperations Larry Beinfest said. "Jack can get the attention of a teamvery quickly and get them moving in the right direction."

McKeon's first lineup card caused a stir,because it didn't include 2009 NL batting champion Hanley Ramirez, whohas been in a slump all season. "I didn't think he was running very good(Sunday)," said McKeon, who watched the game on TV from his home inNorth Carolina. Ramirez has been battling a sore back but also has areputation for a lack of hustle, and McKeon declined to say which hethought was the issue.Ramirez had no complaint about being held out of the lineup and said he welcomed McKeon's old-school approach."He's going to get on everybody here," Ramirez said. "If you don't play hard, you're not going to be here."Teammate Logan Morrison agreed that was a good thing."We have a lot of guys who Edwin said don't hustle or play hard," Morrison said. "Maybe Jack can kick them in the butt."2011 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

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