From beat writer Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times comes word that the Angels have placed right-hander Jered Weaver on the 15-day disabled list with irritation in his left hip. Anaheim won’t need a fifth starter until next week, so the corresponding callup Sunday was outfielder Alfredo Marte.
Weaver has allowed 20 runs — 19 earned — in 26 innings (four starts) this month and he has a 4.75 ERA on the season. The 32-year-old is averaging just 84 mph with his fastball. That pitch averaged 86.3 mph in 2014 and 90.2 mph during his rookie year.
Weaver is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his ailing left hip Monday. There’s some worry that he might have a torn muscle.
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).