Albert Pujols Starts At Third Base For The First Time Since ’02
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com
ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols is moving across the diamond at least for one day.
About two hours prior to the Cardinals’ game against the Phillies on Monday night, the Redbirds announced that Pujols would start at third base, rather than at first, where he has played almost exclusively for the past seven-plus seasons. Pujols last started at third base on Sept. 23, 2002.
When manager Tony La Russa initially posted his lineup, it had Pujols at first as usual. However, Pujols approached La Russa and offered to play third, and the manager took him up on it. Nick Punto moved from third base to second, Allen Craig from second to right field and Lance Berkman from right field to first.
Pujols played 1 1/3 innings of third base on May 1 in Atlanta. Other than that, however, he hasn’t played the position since that last start in 2002.