Outfielder Carlos Beltran could rejoin the Yankees on Saturday, manager Joe Girardi said, via ESPN’s Mike Mazzeo. He was eligible for activation on Saturday, but with a day game on Sunday following the night game, it sounds like the Yankees are simply being judicious.
The 38-year-old veteran has been out since the end of June with a left oblique injury. In 262 plate appearances prior, Beltran hit .260/.309/.430 with seven home runs and 30 RBI. He is still under contract with the Yankees through 2016.
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).