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Pujols returns to Cardinals, plays at DH vs. Tigers

Updated: June 27, 2008, 2:17 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- The St. Louis Cardinals activated first baseman Albert Pujols on Thursday and placed reliever Randy Flores on the 15-day disabled list with left ankle tendinitis.

Manager Tony La Russa used Pujols, who's been out of the lineup since June 11 with a strained calf, as the designated hitter Thursday against Detroit to help ease his return to the lineup.

"We felt it was better for him to be tested with the at-bats before he does it defensively," said La Russa, who ...

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