Angels’ Albert Pujols had been dealing with knee pain ‘for quite some time’ before surgery

August 26, 2020

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “It just goes to show you how tough a player he is,” Trout said. “It’s hard to get him out of the lineup. He has a passion for the game. As a teammate, you want to see that. We come in here every day and see him fighting through the pain. It just came to a point where it was time to do it.”The Angels are obviously out of the race for the postseason, which Trout said contributed to Pujols’ decision to have the procedure now.“If it was a different situation,” Trout said, “he’d be playing for sure.”SHOEMAKER CLOSEMatt Shoemaker will join the Angels and throw a bullpen session, which could be the final step before he returns to the rotation.“If all goes well, we’ll see if we can’t get him into our rotation early next week sometime,” Scioscia said Thursday. Monday is the most likely day, because it would be five days after his rehab outing at Class-A Inland Empire, and also because the Angels don’t otherwise have a starter who could pitch that game.Shoemaker started one game this year, and then he went on the disabled list with what he said was the same injury that cost him the second half of last year. He said the injury – a split pronator tendon – couldn’t be discovered by imaging. In May, he underwent exploratory surgery in precisely the spot where he felt the pain. Previously, doctors believed it was a radial nerve issue.PROSPECTS TO FALL LEAGUESecond baseman Jahmai Jones is among five Angels prospects included on the initial rosters for the Arizona Fall League. The Angels also will send pitchers Jesus Castillo, Ryan Clark, Brett Hanewich and Daniel Procopio to play for the Mesa Solar Sox. The Angels still have spots to add one more infielder and one more outfielder.The AFL schedule runs from Oct. 9 to Nov. 17. It is typically a destination for the game’s best prospects to hone their skills against each other. Vladmir Guerrero Jr., considered the No. 1 prospect in baseball, will also play in the AFL this year.ALSOJustin Upton was activated from the disabled list, taking Pujols’ spot on the roster. Upton had missed 10 days with a finger laceration, which he suffered on a broken glass at his home. …José Briceño was recalled to take the place of René Rivera, who was allowed to go to the Atlanta Braves on waivers.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Jaime Barría, 8-8, 3.67) vs. Astros (LHP Framber Valdez, 2-0, 0.96), Friday, 5 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros HOUSTON — A day after Albert Pujols underwent season-ending surgery, word around the Angels was that he’s needed the procedure for a while.“He’s been battling this for quite some time,” Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday of the left knee issues that resulted in Pujols’ having an arthroscopic debridement on Wednesday.Pujols was on the disabled list in July because of inflammation in his left knee. He missed the minimum 10 days, and since then there had been no public mention of any issues.Trout, however, said he knew Pujols was fighting the injury. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *