Albert Pujols is optimistic about the tight left hamstring that forced him from Sunday's game.
"I think it depends on how I wake up tomorrow," Pujols told reporters, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Tom Timmermann. "The tests were pretty good. They don't think it's too bad. When I wake up tomorrow, I can sense a little more about how I feel. Hopefully it's not as bad as I feel right now. I'll be glad we have an off day tomorrow."
The Cardinals are off on Monday before starting a three-game series at Houston on Tuesday. Pujols said he'll go to Busch Stadium early Monday to get treatment.
Pujols left the game after grounding out to end the seventh inning. Pujols hit a weak grounder to third baseman Miguel Cairo, whose throw was high, but first baseman Joey Votto was able to leap to catch the ball and come down on the bag. Pujols had already started slowing down before Votto caught the ball. Lance Berkman replaced him at first, with Jon Jay going to right field.
"I tried to get an infield hit, which I don't get too many of," Pujols said. "And after three or four steps, it felt a little tight. I pulled up because obviously I think I prefer tightness to a blown out hamstring. It's something that I have to deal with. It's been rough the last week or so with the rain. Our body takes a little beating."
Pujols said the constant rain and wet fields caused fatigue in his legs.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.