“Loose bodies” is something that sounds good, but they are surprisingly not, it would appear. We know that because Alex Bregman underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove said loose bodies from his right elbow, the Astros announced this morning.
It’s a minor procedure, but it may cause Bregman to start slowly this spring. Which, assuming no complications, isn’t the worst thing in the world, as players generally need less spring training than they used to because they stay in better shape, yet have to endure more spring training than they used to because teams and towns in Florida and Arizona love to make money.
Either way, Bregman who hit .286/.394/.532 with 31 home runs and 10 stolen bases last season, is expected to be good to go for Opening Day.
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).