Angels first baseman Albert Pujols took sole possession of 18th place on the all-time home run leaderboard with a first-inning solo shot off of Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura in the first inning on Sunday afternoon. It’s the 522nd home run of the slugger’s career, breaking a four-way tie with Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas, and Ted Williams.
Pujols could conceivably pass Mike Schmidt, with 548 career home runs, in 15th place by the end of the season. He would need to hit 27 more home runs to do so. Pujols’ next targets, however, are Jimmie Foxx (534) and Mickey Mantle (536).
Pujols’ 521st home run came on Wednesday, a first-inning, two-run home run off of Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma.
Pujols entered Sunday afternoon’s game batting just .105 (2-for-19). After playing in only 99 games in 2013, Pujols had a fully healthy season last year and posted solid offensive numbers, finishing with a .790 OPS, 28 home runs, and 105 RBI in 695 plate appearances.
Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.
It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.