Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Superstar slugger Albert Pujols will have an MRI
on his right calf after coming out in the middle of Wednesday's 7-3 win over
the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Pujols, who signed a 10-year, $250 million contract with the Angels last
winter, suffered the injury running between second and third base during a
ground out in the fourth inning. Pujols eventually scored but was immediately
tended to by the Angels training staff. He did not take the field in the
bottom of the fourth.
"I'm feeling sore right now," Pujols said. "How I did it, I don't know. I
can't tell you. I was running between second and third, that's when I felt it
the most. I didn't feel it running from home to second on that double. I ran
fine and then all of a sudden, I can't tell you. It's just one of those
"I was just hoping it was just a cramp and not something else. I was in the
dugout and tried to rub it out but obviously, it was sore and they didn't want
to take the chance of sending me out there and making a small, little thing
worse. It was tough because I don't like to come out of a game."
Pujols suffered a similar injury with the Cardinals in 2008, one that resulted
in a 15-day stint on the disabled list.
"That was a pulled calf and this is nothing even close to that," Pujols said.
"Hopefully, [Thursday] it feels better. I'm going to ice it down and do other
stuff and see how it goes."
"We'll just see what gives," added Angels manager Mike Sicoscia. "It tightened
up on him and he kind of tried to stop in between second and third and felt a
tightness. We'll get more information [Thursday].
"He put a lot of ice on it after the game. Albert has his routine and when
you're playing everyday, especially the way he plays first base, he's moving a
lot, he's not just stationary. There's some fatigue that sets in as the season
goes on with everybody, not just Albert. This might just be a function of
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