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.


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.

Hous­ton right-han­der

Char­lie Mor­ton will re­place Chap­man, giv­ing the astros a ma­jor league-lead­ing six play­ers in next week’s game.

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