Scioscia: Pujols’ stride better, but 'not close to normal'

September, 12, 2012
9/12/12
5:47
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Albert Pujols’ time as a designated hitter may come to an end at some point, but Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia is not exactly sure when.

Pujols was pulled in the fourth inning of the Angels’ Aug. 22 game against the Boston Red Sox with a tight right calf. He missed the following four games and has been the team’s designated hitter since Aug. 28.

“We’ll see,” Scioscia said, when asked if Pujols would return to first base soon. “He’s been taking some ground balls, but he’s still not quite to that level. Hopefully he’s feeling comfortable enough at some point to get out there, but right now it’s something you can’t push.”

Kendrys Morales has been playing first base in Pujols’ place and the Angels won six straight and 11 of 12 with Pujols as the designated hitter. But after losing two straight to the Oakland Athletics this week it might be time for a change.

“His stride looks a little easier from where it was 10 days ago,” Scioscia said. “But it’s not close to normal.”

Here’s a look at tonight’s lineups:

ATHLETICS

Coco Crisp CF
Seth Smith LF
Josh Reddick RF
Yoenis Cespedes DH
Brandon Moss 1B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Stephen Drew SS
Derek Norris C
Cliff Pennington 2B

RHP A.J. Griffin

ANGELS

Mike Trout CF
Torii Hunter RF
Albert Pujols DH
Kendrys Morales
Howie Kendrick 2B
Erick Aybar SS
Vernon Wells LF
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Chris Iannetta C

RHP Ervin Santana

Arash Markazi

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Howie Kendrick
BA HR RBI R
.293 7 72 85
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Trout 35
RBIM. Trout 109
RM. Trout 112
OPSM. Trout .947
WJ. Weaver 18
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOG. Richards 164