Albert Pujols Officially Shut Down for the Year

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Albert Pujols has consistently said that he intended to return to the Angels lineup at some point before the end of the season. On Monday, the Angels quickly put an end to any such comeback by announcing that Pujols has been shut down for the rest of the season. Pujols was placed on the disabled list at the end of July with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. He was able to get rid of his walking boot in the past few days, but the Angels rather Pujols focus on 2014 rather than play a few meaningless games down the stretch this year. Pujols batted just .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI in 99 games this season. And guess what Angel fans - he is 33 years old with eight more years left on this back loaded contract.   

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Matt Kemp (ankle) is making slow progress with his left ankle  and will not return to the Dodgers lineup before September 1 according to manager Don Mattingly. Good news is that it appears Kemp is not regressing, but just taking longer to heal.
  • Mike Trout (hamstring) didn't play Monday due to right hamstring tightness and is considered day-to-day. The Angels are already playing meaningless games at this point in the season and there is no reason to rush Trout back before he is 100%.
  • Jose Fernandez held the Dodgers to just two runs over six innings and struck out eight in a win on Monday. Fernandez is reportedly going to be shut down around September 4th, which will be tough for fantasy owners considering how successful he has been this season. He is now 9-5 with a 2.41 ERA with 157 strikeouts in 145.2 innings.
  • Matt Wieters went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Monday's win over the Rays. Wieters has 3 home runs and 4 RBI in the last six games.
  • Jarrod Parker held the Seattle Mariners to just one run Monday in his first career complete game. Parker struck out eight on Monday, walking none and giving up just eight hits in his fourth consecutive quality start.
  • Starling Marte (finger) was held out of the Pirates' lineup Monday due to a right hand contusion. Marte stayed in Sunday's game after injuring his finger on a slide into third base, but he sat Monday to get some rest. Jose Tabata will take over in left field until Marte returns.
  • Brandon Moss belted a walk-off homer in a win over the Mariners on Monday. Moss's homer helped Jarrod Parker earn his first career complete game and after the Athletics offense had struggled against Aaron Harang, Moss was able to deliver the game winning home run in the 9th inning.
  • Francisco Liriano struck out a season-high 13 batters over seven scoreless innings in Monday's win over the Padres. Liriano gave up just four hits and walked two as he continues to have a tremendous bounce back season.
  • Mark Trumbo went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Trumbo has homered in three consecutive games.