Drew Storen to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Reds’ right-handed reliever Drew Storen will undergo Tommy John surgery, according to a report from the Cincinnati Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecrans. Storen was placed on the 10-day disabled list last Wednesday with a right elbow sprain, but has not appeared in a game since September 1. The Reds tried resting their reliever for a week before deciding to place him on the DL, but it appears that little progress has been made with either approach. A timeline for Storen’s return has not been released, though it’s safe to assume that he’ll miss the entire 2018 season during his recovery.

Storen, 30, is in his first run with the Reds. He finished the season with a 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.2 SO/9 in 54 2/3 innings that more accurately reflects a disappointing second half performance than the dominant stretch of 2.80-ERA ball he delivered in the first half. This will be his first major elbow surgery since 2012, when he was sidelined for the bulk of his campaign with the Nationals after getting bone chips removed from his right elbow.

The veteran righty stands to make $3 million in 2017 after signing a one-year contract with the Reds back in January. He’ll enter free agency heading into the 2018 season, but may have a tough time finding another suitor before his recovery is complete.

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).