08/24/12 2:06 AM ET
Bourjos confident DL stint will ease pain in wrist
By Austin Laymance / MLB.com
Bourjos was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday with a sore wrist. He's played through discomfort since a pitch hit him in the wrist back in March.
"It's been going on all year," Bourjos said Thursday. "I got hit by a pitch in Spring Training and it just hasn't really gotten better. It's actually gotten worse."
Bourjos had a cortisone shot on Sunday. He hadn't started since Aug. 5 and was a defensive replacement in seven games leading up to the injection.
"The medical staff said they're just trying to let it calm down, let the medicine get in there and hopefully that takes care of it," said Bourjos, who will not participate in baseball activities for a few days. "I think towards the end of the week I might try to pick things up again."
Bourjos was hitting .227 with three home runs and 19 RBIs in 88 games (47 starts) before the Angels decided to shut him down for a few weeks.
"Some days were better than others," Bourjos said. "I think this is just an opportunity to knock it out and hopefully clean it up to where the inflammation gets out of there and it doesn't bother me any more."
Pujols sits out finale with inflammation in right calf
BOSTON -- Albert Pujols was out of the Angels' lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Red Sox after an MRI revealed inflammation in his right calf.
Pujols was pulled from Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Sox in the bottom of the fourth inning after experiencing some tightness in his calf while running the bases. Thursday was the first game this year the first baseman did not start due to injury.
"I feel a little bit better," Pujols said before Thursday's game. "I'm actually walking better. Hopefully it's nothing too bad. Just day to day hopefully."
How long will Pujols be sidelined?
"I really don't know. I think the fact that he's up and walking [is good]," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "If that was the seventh game of the World Series yesterday, he's staying in that game. Hopefully we will get some good news, but we have to wait for these guys to evaluate it."
Mark Trumbo made his eighth start at first base on Thursday. With Trumbo moving from left field to the infield, the Angels have just three outfielders and 11 healthy position players. The club is not considering a roster move yet, though.
"I think right now, we're going to wait to see where we are," Scioscia said. "One thing is we're a little limited on the offensive side right now. But considering where our pitching staff is and trying to get it moving in the right direction I think the extra arm could help."
Pujols is hitting .283 with 28 home runs and 86 RBIs. He leads the team with 121 games played. The slugger leads the Major Leagues with 14 homers since the All-Star break.
Angels pitching has combined for a 6.33 ERA in August, the highest mark in the Major Leagues. The club had a 3.33 ERA from May through June.
The Angels have 61 games this year with at least 10 hits, including the first two games of this series against the Red Sox. The club had 56 games with double-digit hits last season. Los Angeles is on pace to score more than 750 runs this year after scoring 667 runs in 2011, the team's lowest total in 19 seasons.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.