Sean Burnett hasn’t pitched since Sunday because of forearm soreness and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the left-hander won’t be available out of the Angels’ bullpen until at least Thursday.
Burnett underwent an MRI exam and “no significant damage” was found, but according to manager Mike Scioscia the Angels “have had some kid gloves on him when he’s needed to rebound a bit” because “he’s a vital piece of our bullpen and we need him 100 percent.”
Burnett, who signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Angels as a free agent this offseason, allowed just one run in eight innings before the injury.
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).