Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal will not be available to pitch in tonight’s All-Star game due to arm soreness.
Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Rosenthal was “feeling a little sore after throwing yesterday” and informed NL/Giants manager Bruce Bochy and his own manager, Mike Matheny, of his situation. They all decided it was best if he sat out.
Rosenthal had an excellent first half, saving 26 games with a 1.49 ERA and 45/15 K/BB ratio in 42 innings, but he had back-to-back rough outings in his final two appearances and previously missed some time in mid-June with arm soreness.
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).