2013 just went from bad to worse for Albert Pujols.
According to beat writer Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the first baseman (err, designated hitter) was diagnosed Sunday with a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. There is no timetable for his return, and it’s possible that he is done for the year. Kole Calhoun was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake City to fill the vacant 25-man roster spot.
Pujols, who signed a a 10-year, $250 million free agent contract with the Angels in December 2011, has posted a weak .258/.330/.437 batting line in 99 games this season. Anaheim is currently 12 games back of Oakland in the American League West.
The 33-year-old acknowledged to the LA Times earlier this month that he might need foot surgery.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.