Carlos Gonzalez aiming for weekend return from disabled list

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Carlos Gonzalez took batting practice yesterday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with a wrist injury on July 22 and afterward reported feeling “a lot better than I expected.”

Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post reports that Gonzalez is scheduled to take another round of batting practice today and then begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment in preparation for potentially coming off the DL as soon as this weekend.

Gonzalez’s injury came at a particularly bad time because he’d finally gotten on track following a rough start to the season, hitting .324 with 12 homers over a 58-game stretch to increase his overall OPS from .647 to .849. In his absence the Rockies have gone 4-6 with Eric Young Jr., Ryan Spilborghs, and Ty Wigginton replacing him in left field.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).