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Albert Pujols will see some time at third base in NL ballparks

Jun 3, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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When Albert Pujols played a couple of games at third base last year it was rather unusual and unexpected.  But the fact that he did OK there and didn’t hurt anything will make it easier for Mike Scioscia to make out his lineup card for interleague play in NL parks with greater peace of mind:

Manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that Pujols will move from first to third and [Kendrys] Morales will play defense for the first time this season when the Angels play interleague games at Colorado next weekend and in Dodger Stadium next week, turning what was considered a possibility two weeks ago into a concrete plan.

Of course the Pujols at third base part of this is less notable, I think, than the Morales at first base part. Because has hasn’t played in the field since he broke his leg over two years ago.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 3, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    How often does Craig slum here on the weekends?

  2. jwbiii - Jun 3, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    He can’t throw well but he’s just fine at field ground balls. Shouldn’t hurt much over six games. If it becomes a Darrell Evans-like fiasco, Scioscia has other options.

  3. romoscollarbone - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Doesnt Pujols have an elbow that can explode at any minute? His UCL is frayed, i believe.

  4. Travis Reitsma - Jun 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Hit it down the line, fair NL teams! Pujols, Morales and Trumbo all playing in positions they probably shouldn’t be should at the very least be entertaining.

    • jwbiii - Jun 3, 2012 at 7:58 PM

      I’d advise bunting whenever it seems reasonable. Make him move and throw.

  5. gloccamorra - Jun 3, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    It’s just like Pujols’ rookie season, when LaRussa played him almost everywhere to get his bat in the lineup. I wonder if Scoscia will let him catch or play CF this time?

    • mybrunoblog - Jun 3, 2012 at 10:32 PM

      Probably not. At this point they want to keep his bat out of the lineup!

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