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Francisco Lindor to be sidelined three weeks

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Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, who was already rehabbing from a calf injury, suffered an acute ankle sprain while running the bases in a minor league game last week. Yesterday we learned the timeline for his return, with Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reporting that Lindor could be sidelined for at least three weeks.

The Indians are expected to say something publicly about it today, but if Hoynes is right, that would basically wipe out Lindor’s April. The big question is whether “sidelined for three weeks” means shut down that long, at which point he’d begin baseball activities again, or if that timetable includes him getting back up to game speed and three weeks is the timetable for getting back on the roster.

The Indians have scored only ten runs in four games and have the second-worst team OPS on the young season. They could use him back as soon as possible.

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).