Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella has been placed on the disabled list with what the team is calling a “personal medical condition.”
Giavotella has started 114 of 124 games at second base for the Angels this season, but he’ll miss at least two weeks with the undisclosed issue and Triple-A call-up Grant Green is expected to see most of the action at second base in his absence.
Giavotella has hit .265 with three homers and a .662 OPS in 119 games. Green has spent nearly all season in the minors, but the former first-round draft pick previously hit .259 with two homers and a .640 OPS in 88 games in 2013/2014.
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).