DL stint delays Pujols’ HR climb
Albert Pujols will spend the all-star break on the disabled list with left knee inflammation, a move that lets the los angeles angels rest their slugger without him missing too many games.
Manager Mike Scioscia said Friday that Pujols had an injection in his knee.
“He’s been playing with it banged up for a while and he’s looking very productive,” Scioscia said. “this is trying to get him to a higher level and maybe make him more comfortable.”
Pujols tied Ken Griffey Jr. on the career home run list with his 630th blast on thursday. Pujols is hitting .252 with 16 homers and 52 rBIs.
UTLEY SEES THE END
Chase Utley will retire from baseball at the end of this season, capping a 16-year career that included a World Series championship with Philadelphia and an elderstatesman role with the los angeles dodgers.
the six-time all-star said he’s leaving to spend more time with his wife and two young sons.
Corey Kluber’s stellar first half ended with a sudden stop.
Cleveland’s ace received an injection in his right knee that will force him to miss the all-star game. But more importantly, the Indians are hoping it will allow the righthander to continue leading their rotation after the break — and beyond.
Kluber got the shot in his knee on Friday, a day after the two-time Cy young award winner gave up two runs in the eighth inning and was beaten by the New york yankees. the al Central-leading Indians said the right-hander will need at least one week to recover and he’s not expected to make his next start until July 23 against Pittsburgh.
Kluber has been replaced on the al all-Star roster by tampa Bay’s Blake Snell.
yankees closer Aroldis Chapman won’t take part in the all-star game either, in order to rest his sore left knee.
Charlie Morton will replace Chapman, giving the astros a major league-leading six players in next week’s game.