Angels DH Albert Pujols entered Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rangers tied with Ichiro Suzuki in 23rd place on Major League Baseball’s all-time hits list at 3,089. Pujols broke the tie to secure 23rd place all to himself with a third-inning single to right field.
Pujols, 39, went 1-for-3 with a walk on the afternoon. He’s now batting .250/.368/.375 with a home run and two RBI in 38 plate appearances on the season. Pujols has two more years on his 10-year, $240 million contract, so the Angels are hoping he has a little bit left in the tank.
Pujols is now 20 hits shy of matching Dave Winfield’s 3,110 hits for 22nd on the all-time hits list. Álex Rodríguez is 21st at 3,115. Pujols could potentially move into 15th place by the end of the season, passing Cal Ripken, Jr. at 3,184.
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.