ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols left Sunday's game against Kansas City after suffering an apparent left wrist injury.
In the top of the sixth, the Royals' Wilson Betemit hit a grounder up the middle, and St. Louis second baseman Peter Kozma made a backhand stop on the ball.
His throw was off-line, and as Pujols reached toward home plate to grab the ball, Betemit ran into his hand, which was in the basepath. Pujols immediately dropped the glove and was in pain.
He sat on the grass in foul territory as team staff examined him, and held the wrist as he left for the clubhouse.
Lance Berkman replaced Pujols at first base.