The Angels have placed starter Andrew Heaney on the 15-day disabled list due to a left flexor muscle strain, MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports. That’s bad news for the Angels, who are already without C.J. Wilson (shoulder) and thin on pitching depth as is.
Heaney’s next start, Monday against the Athletics, will likely be taken by Nick Tropeano. As Gonzalez notes, Tropeano is expected to start at Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, but they could limit his innings/pitches so he can fill in for Heaney.
Looking at the pitch data on Brooks Baseball, it seemed like Heaney experienced a rather stark decline in velocity during the game. He still pitched decently against a tough Cubs lineup, yielding four runs on seven hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over six innings.
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).