Yankees pitcher Bryan Mitchell sidelined at least 4 months

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NEW YORK (AP) Yankees pitcher Bryan Mitchell will be sidelined at least four months following surgery to repair a broken bone in his left big toe.

The 24-year-old right-hander fractured the sesamoid bone while covering first base Wednesday during an exhibition game against Atlanta. He was scheduled to be examined Monday by Dr. Robert Anderson.

“He had surgery yesterday,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Tuesday’s opener. “He will be out at least four months. We’re waiting for an exact timetable. … We’ve got to find out exactly what that four months means.”

Mitchell had a 6.37 ERA in two starts and 18 relief appearances last year, and the Yankees had planned for him to fill the long relief and spot starter role that had been held by Adam Warren, who was traded to the Chicago Cubs in the deal for second baseman Starlin Castro.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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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).