Skip to content

Albert Pujols starting at first base tonight for the first time since August 22

Sep 14, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

Albert Pujols Getty Getty Images

After serving as the designated hitter for the past 16 games, Albert Pujols is back at first base for tonight’s game against the Royals. Pujols hasn’t started at first base since he injured his right calf while running the bases on August 22, but he’s feeling much better now.

While the Angels have played things safe with their $240 million investment over the past three weeks, the calf hasn’t had a huge impact on Pujols’ production. The 32-year-old is hitting .303/.343/.515 with two homers, eight doubles, 10 RBI and an .858 OPS in 70 plate appearances since returning to the lineup on August 26. He is batting .286/.344/.531 with 30 homers, 96 RBI and an .875 OPS on the year.

With Pujols back at first base tonight, the struggling Mark Trumbo will slide into the DH spot while Vernon Wells will start in left field. The Angels open play tonight at 78-66 on the year, 7 1/2 games behind the Rangers in the American League West and 3 1/2 games back in the Wild Card race.

  1. dondada10 - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    What the hell happened to his walk rate? He was right around ~15% from 05-10, and now he’s at 7.9%.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

This was 'the perfect baseball game'
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. G. Springer (3845)
  2. I. Davis (2893)
  3. C. Kimbrel (2788)
  4. B. Harper (2730)
  5. M. Machado (2660)
  1. M. Cuddyer (2622)
  2. C. Granderson (2468)
  3. J. Chavez (2375)
  4. J. Reyes (2317)
  5. K. Calhoun (2213)