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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — As expected , the Cardinals made a series of moves on Monday before their game with the San Diego Padres.  Catcher Gerald Laird was put on the 15-day disabled list, reliever Mitchell Boggs was optioned to Memphis AAA, and they have added infielder Skip Schumaker and catcher Tony Cruz to the 25-man active roster.  Right-handed pitcher Brian Broderick was returned to the team from the Washington Nationals and will also be assigned to Memphis AAA.  Lastly, Albert Pujols’ health was called into question by some sports writers.

Ben Badler, who writes about scouting and development for Baseball America, writes that Albert Pujols’ issues at the plate stem from a left hamstring problem that first occurred on April 24.  Just so happens, that is a day after Pujols hit his last home run.  The article, ‘What’s Wrong With Albert Pujols?‘, does make some strong arguments.  Badler cites his theories with statistical evidence, plus links to videos that show a sample of what he’s describing in Pujols’ swing.

Even Rob Neyer of SB Nation chimed in and looked to agree with Badler’s theory and evidence.

Drew Silva of NBC Sports goes as far to break down Pujols to historical stats and players.

The bottom line is that Pujols is not driving the ball on a regular basis.  The fact that he’s not hitting home runs is not the most important point in all of this.  Any person that has seen Pujols bat when he’s right, whether the issue be health or mechanical, the Cardinals slugger drives the ball to all parts of the field.  Time will tell with Pujols.

Former closer candidate Mitchell Boggs will return to Memphis AAA and become part of the Redbirds’ staring rotation.  The Cardinals feel that getting Boggs as many innings as possible will get him right.  They believe that Boggs is still a very important part to their future.  In 18 appearances, Boggs is 0-2 with a 3.66 ERA in 19.2 innings.  As the second closer for the Cardinals this season, Boggs made three consecutive saves in four days, but blew only one in Houston on April 26.

May has not been good for Boggs.  His ERA has risen nearly two runs.  In six appearances this month, Boggs has surrendered five earned runs in 5.0 innings.

Right-handed pitcher Brian Broderick was returned to the team from the Washington Nationals and will be assigned to the Memphis AAA roster.  Broderick, 24, was selected by the Nationals in the Rule V draft last December.  He was 0-1 with a 6.57 ERA in 11 games for Washington, allowing 9 runs on 16 hits in 12.1 IP.

Cardinals backup catcher Gerald Laird broke the index finger on his right hand when he was hit by a pitch from Louis Coleman in the 10th inning of St. Louis’ 9-8 victory over Kansas City on Sunday.

Laird entered the game to replace Matt Holliday, who was removed due to more tightness in his left quadricep.  Holliday was not in the lineup on Monday.

Skip Schumaker, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 16 with a right triceps strain, appeared in three games with the Cardinals Extended Spring Training club last weekend and batted .417 (5-12)  with three doubles.   He was batting .241 with one home run and 8 RBI’s in 14 games.

Tony Cruz, 24, was batting .232 (22-95) with 4 home runs and 16 RBI’s in 30 games at Memphis.  The 5-11, 205-pound catcher will be making his Major League debut with his first game appearance.  He was a 26th round selection by the Cardinals in the 2007 draft and earned All-Star honors at Palm Beach of the Florida State League (A) in both 2010 and 2008.  He has been assigned uniform #48.

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