Albert Pujols' MRI shows only inflammation in his calf, status is 'day-to-day'

Pujols gingerly walks on his injured calf. (Getty Images)

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols had an MRI on his injured right calf Thursday, and it's good news for the Angels. The results showed no tears or pulls, only inflammation, according to Angels beat writers (including Bill Plunkett). Pujols' status remains day-to-day.

The Angels surely dodged a bullet here, as Pujols and Mike Trout seem pretty indespensible to the chances of making a postseason run.

Sure, the reason for the Angels' bad August has been pitching, but as the pitching staff struggles, the offense needs to outhit people. Without Pujols anchoring the lineup, the odds of being able to do so greatly diminish.

Pujols, 32, is hitting .283/.344/.533 with 28 homers and 86 RBI entering Thursday's action.

The Angels have gone 7-13 in August and are 3.5 games out of a wild-card berth heading into Thursday night's game against the Red Sox.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered every World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the... Full Bio

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