Padres place Tyson Ross on DL

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The Padres have placed starter Tyson Ross on the disabled list due to a left shoulder subluxation — in other words, a partial dislocation of his left shoulder. Fortunately  the injury was suffered on his non-throwing shoulder, so his pitching shouldn’t be negatively impacted when he does return. According to MLB.com’s Corey Brock, Ross expected to toss a bullpen session today, but Padres management decided to play it safe. Padres manager Bud Black explained:

“The soreness has to decrease, and there’s a strengthening component to this. We’ve got to make sure he can swing the bat and have confidence that he can field his position,” Padres manager Bud Black said.

The subluxation occurred when Ross was at the plate and took a swing on Wednesday. In response to Ross going on the DL, the Padres recalled Thad Weber, a 28-year-old who has already bounced between the Majors and Triple-A Tucson. In his only Major League appearance on April 13, Weber allowed two runs in three and two-thirds innings.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).