Pujols was designated for assignment by the Angels on Thursday.
Pujols saw playing time at first base and as the designated hitter to begin the season, and he hit .198 with five home runs and 12 RBI in 24 games. The 41-year-old spent the last 10 seasons with the Angels, logging 222 home runs and 783 RBI during that time, but he'll now be let go in the final year of his 10-year, $254 million contract. Jared Walsh should now serve as the primary first baseman for the Angels, while Jose Rojas could see increased playing time as a depth option.
Pujols is out of the lineup Wednesday versus Tampa Bay.
Pujols is 2-for-19 over his past five games and will head to the bench Wednesday. Jared Walsh will cover first base while Taylor Ward starts in right field.
Pujols is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Rangers, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Manager Joe Maddon told Ardaya that it was a scheduled day off for the veteran first baseman. Jared Walsh is starting at first base and hitting cleanup.
Pujols went 1-for-5 with a solo home run during Monday's win against the Rangers.
Pujols went back-to-back with Justin Upton with a solo homer against Jordan Lyles in the third inning. The 41-year-old veteran clearly still has some gas left in the tank, tallying five long balls so far this season while batting .222/.279/.460.
Pujols went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's 16-2 loss to the Astros.
He took Kent Emanuel deep in the second inning for the Angels' first run, giving the team a glimmer of hope before the wheels came off completely. Pujols has hit three of his four homers on the year in the last five games, but his .232/.271/.446 slash line through 16 contests is still a far cry from the numbers the 41-year-old produced at his peak.
Pujols went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Thursday's loss in Houston.
Pujols got the Angels on the board with a two-run long ball that just barely squeaked by the foul pole against Bryan Abreu in the sixth inning. It was the 665th career home run for the veteran first baseman and his 61st long ball against the Astros. Overall this season, the 41-year-old is batting .229/.275/.417 with three homers.
Pujols is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Pujols will head to the bench after starting in each of the past seven games, during which he went 8-for-27 with a home run and a stolen base. Though Jared Walsh picks up the start at first base in Wednesday's series finale, the Angels' willingness to use him in the corner outfield on a regular basis should continue to open up everyday at-bats for Pujols.
Pujols went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Rangers.
At this late stage of his career, Pujols doesn't always consistently look like the future Hall of Famer he is, but the veteran is certainly still a home-run threat. The 41-year-old slammed a solo shot off Taylor Hearn in the seventh inning of Tuesday's game. Once the Angels get healthy, Jared Walsh will likely make more starts at first base, giving Pujols more rest days. Pujols is slashing .233/.283/.655 in 46 plate appearances.
Pujols went 1-for-4 with a steal, an RBI and a run in a loss to the Rangers on Monday.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Pujols singled to left field to drive in Jared Walsh. Following a Jose Iglesias single, Pujols and Iglesias successfully pulled off a double steal, and both soon came around to score. Though the theft counts as an ordinary stolen base in the box score, it carries extra historical significance. The 41-year-old became the oldest Angels player ever to steal third base, per Angels communications manager Matt Birch. Pujols is also the oldest player to steal a base while playing first base in a game since Julio Franco in 2007, according to Jason Catania of MLB.com. Though he is one of the slowest players in the league in terms of sprint speed, the future Hall of Famer has remarkably been successful on each of his past 13 stolen-base attempts dating back to 2015, per Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.
Pujols isn't starting Saturday's game against the Twins, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Pujols had started each of the last five games and went 6-for-19 with a run and three strikeouts during that time. Jose Rojas will take over at first base Saturday while Luis Rengifo starts at the hot corner.
Pujols will start at first base and bat fifth Wednesday against the Royals.
Due to the Angels' growing injury list, Jared Walsh has been logging more time in right field of late, opening up more reps at first base for Pujols in the process. He'll be in the lineup for a fourth straight game Wednesday after going 5-for-12 with a walk and a run scored in the previous three contests. The Angels should eventually get some reinforcement in the outfield once Justin Upton (back) is available, but Pujols' playing-time outlook could still be relatively strong while Juan Lagares (calf) and Dexter Fowler (knee) are on the shelf.
Pujols went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run and a walk in Friday's loss to the White Sox.
Pujols mashed his first homer of the campaign -- and 663rd of his storied career -- with two runners on base in the fourth inning. The hit was Pujols' first of the season, though he did pick up an RBI groundout Opening Day. Many expected the veteran to cede everyday first-base duties to Jared Walsh in 2021, but thus far Pujols has started each of the Angels' first two games.
Pujols is starting Thursday's game against the White Sox, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Pujols should primarily serve as a backup in 2021, but he'll bat sixth and play first base during Thursday's Opening Day matchup. Jared Walsh will retreat to the bench with Pujols starting against Chicago.
Pujols (wrist) is starting Wednesday's spring game against the Royals.
Pujols was hit on the left wrist by a pitch Monday against the Cubs but only suffered a bruise, so he'll be back in the lineup after missing just one day. Pujols is batting sixth and playing first base against Kansas City.
Pujols suffered nothing worse than a bruise after getting hit on the left wrist by a pitch Monday against the Cubs.
Pujols left the game as a precaution, but X-rays came back negative. He's considered day-to-day.
Pujols left Monday's game against the Cubs after getting hit in the forearm by a pitch, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
It's not clear if the Angels are worried about a significant injury for Pujols or if this is simply a case of the team being cautious during spring training. Even if healthy, Pujols expected to fill a smaller role this season, sitting behind Jared Walsh at first base in most games.
Pujols went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's Cactus League contest versus San Diego.
Pujols played all nine innings in the exhibition contest and upped his spring average to .394 with the pair of hits. The veteran has enjoyed a resurgent spring with a .394/.429/.606 slash line and six RBI, though he is still expected to back up Jared Walsh at first base this season.
Pujols said Saturday that he won't make a decision on whether to continue his playing career until after the 2021 season, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Pujols addressed his future with the media a few days after his wife made an Instagram post that initially suggested her husband was planning on retiring after the 2021 season before she later deleted the post. Though Pujols is publicly leaving the door open to play beyond 2022, it's difficult to imagine the 41-year-old attracting much interest from teams, given his lack of defensive flexibility along with the fact that he's been a below-average performer at the plate each of the past four seasons. Now heading into the final season of a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Angels, Pujols could be limited to a part-time role in 2021 with Jared Walsh and Shohei Ohtani representing superior options at first base and designated hitter, respectively.
Pujols has not decided whether he will continue playing baseball following the 2021 season, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Pujols' wife indicated on an Instagram post Monday that the upcoming campaign would be the slugger's final season, but she then edited the post to say that Pujols was on the last year of his current deal with Los Angeles. The 41-year-old has reached 30 or more home runs in 10 of his 17 seasons in the big leagues and could look to cap off a legendary career in 2021 with what will be his 10th year as an Angel.
Pujols is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers.
Pujols followed up his two-homer performance Friday with an 0-for-4 showing in Saturday's 4-3 win. After starting each of the past seven games, Pujols will take a seat while Jared Walsh starts at first base and Shohei Ohtani serves as the team's designated hitter. Ohtani got on track Saturday by going 2-for-3 with a solo home run, so he could eat into Pujols' opportunities at DH over the final week of the season.
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