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Marco Gonzales will undergo Tommy John surgery


Cardinals GM John Mozeliak confirmed on Wednesday that pitcher Marco Gonzales will undergo Tommy John surgery, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Gonzales will miss the rest of the 2016 season. He was ranked the Cardinals’ seventh-best prospect by MLB Pipeline.

Gonzales, 24, missed about two months of last season due to an impingement in his left shoulder. He began feeling renewed tightness towards the end of March and began the 2016 season on the disabled list. Gonzales visited Dr. Neal ElAttrache last week and spent most of the time since deciding whether or not to undergo season-ending surgery.

Gonzales pitched 34 2/3 innings in five starts and five relief appearances for the Cardinals in 2014, posting a 4.15 ERA and a 31/21 K/BB ratio. He also made six postseason appearances, five of which were scoreless stints.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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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).