Albert Pujols Could Miss Remainder of Season

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Albert Pujols (foot) was placed on the disabled list Sunday with a tear in his left foot that could end his season. Manager Mike Scioscia said Pujols will be sidelined for "a significant amount of time", but there are several reports that he could miss the remainder of the season. The minimum recovery time is six weeks and there is no point to bring Pujols back for the final two weeks unless somehow the Angels find some magic and get back into the AL West race. Pujols has a partially torn plantar fascia, an injury that has bothered him most of the season. He aggravated it while running out a single in the ninth inning of Friday's game in Oakland. If his season is over, Pujols will conclude the campaign with a .258 batting average with 17 homers and 64 RBI. 

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Alfonso Soriano went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and providing the game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning with an up-the-middle RBI single. Soriano has provided a much needed spark to the Yankees lineup since returning to the Bronx.
  • Derek Jeter (quads) returned from a strained quadriceps and made his first start of the season at shortstop. He hit a home run on the first pitch of his first at-bat on Sunday which electrified the fans. Jeter being back in the lineup is a huge boost to the Yankees.
  • Yasiel Puig belted the game-winning home-run on Sunday afternoon after going 0-3 with a walk and three strikeouts. It was Puig's 11th home run since joining the Dodgers in June.
  • Tony Cingrani allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings and struck out 11 in the Reds loss to the Dodgers on Sunday. Cingrani has pitched very well with Johnny Cueto on the disabled list. Cingrani will take his 2.90 ERA into his next start against the Cardinals.
  • Erik Aybar and Howie Kendrick and others are on the trade block after the Angels lost three of four in Oakland this past weekend. The Angels are looking for starting pitching and their minor league system is empty.
  • Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI in the A’s defeat of the Angels on Sunday. Cespedes snapped an 0-for-13 slump with a two-run double in the third inning batting and is batting just .226 to go with 15 homers and 47 RBI over 85 games.
  • Rex Brothers picked up his seventh save Sunday in the Rockies’ defeat of the Brewers. Brothers has been very effective as the closer since Rafael Betancourt was placed on the disabled list.
  • Jose Fernandez struck out a career-high 13 batters on Sunday against the Pirates. Fernandez was nasty as he scattered five hits with no walks. He is now 7-5 with a 2.71 ERA.
  • Denard Span went 4-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored Sunday in the Nats win over the Mets. Span has been ineffective for the majority of the season and really is a platoon player at this point. Don't expect days like Sunday to become the norm for him.
  • Wil Myers homered twice Sunday in the Rays loss to the Yankees. Myers hit a three-run home run in the third inning and added a solo shot in the fifth for four total RBI. He's batting .328 in his first 33 major league games.