Rockies’ Tyler Chatwood goes on DL with mid-back strain

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MIAMI (AP) — Colorado Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood is back on the disabled list.

Chatwood went on the 15-day DL Sunday with a mid-back strain, and the team hopes he’ll rejoin the rotation as soon as he’s eligible.

“I don’t think it will be much longer than that,” manager Walt Weiss said. “It’s hard to tell. We’re thinking at this point that the 15 days will be sufficient.”

Right-hander Scott Oberg was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque before the Rockies’ game Sunday at Miami to take Chatwood’s roster spot.

Right-hander Eddie Butler, who is 2-4 with a 6.26 ERA and has made seven starts this year, is likely to take Chatwood’s place in the rotation.

Chatwood (8-4, 2.89 ERA) left Saturday’s start at Miami after 1 2/3 innings because of the injury. He has made 14 starts this season after returning from his second Tommy John surgery.

Back trouble is apparently something new for the right-hander.

“I think this is the first time he has dealt with this type of injury,” Weiss said. “He hadn’t mentioned ever experiencing anything like this.”

Oberg had a 4.76 ERA in eight games with Colorado before being optioned to Triple-A on May 20.

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).