5/5/2013 4:29 P.M. ET
Pujols sits out finale to rest sore foot
By William Boor / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols, who has been playing first base despite significant pain in his foot, was not in the Angels' starting lineup on Sunday against the Orioles. With an off-day Monday, the Angels wanted to get some extra rest for the plantar fasciitis that has affected him throughout his career.
"With Albert, we just wanted to take a day to regroup, use tomorrow and see where he is Tuesday," Angels' manager Mike Scioscia said.
While Pujols played the majority of the first few series as the team's designated hitter, he spent a lot more time in the field this week.
Prior to his absence from Sunday's lineup, Pujols had played five of the past six games at first base, including all 19 innings of Monday's game in Oakland.
Pujols has played 16 games at first base for the Angels and 14 at DH. While DHing, the slugger has posted a .281 batting average, compared to a .197 average while playing first base.
Pujols has been getting treatment on his foot every day, but the team "stepped it up" yesterday in hopes of using Sunday and Monday to improve Pujols' health.
"I think it's good for Albert to try to move forward with where his foot is," Scioscia said. "He had some treatment on it after the game [Saturday] and with the off-day tomorrow, he'll be further along on Tuesday."
Steals coming easy for Angels opponents
ANAHEIM -- Tommy Hanson has never been known for his quick delivery. In fact, there was a game last season in which the Miami Marlins stole seven bases against the right-hander.
In Saturday's start against Baltimore, the Orioles swiped three bags -- none of which even drew a throw from catcher Chris Iannetta -- with Hanson on the mound. Baserunners are now a perfect 7-for-7 when attempting to steal a base off Hanson in 2013.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones stole second twice off Hanson, the first of which came after the team had pitched out twice.
"I think the game dictated that they were going to attempt to steal in those situations," Iannetta said. "We obviously tried to prevent that. We tried to give ourselves a chance to throw a guy out in those situations, but obviously we were unsuccessful in doing so."
However, the inability to throw out a baserunner was not unique to Saturday's game.
In 23 stolen-base attempts, Angels' catchers have thrown out just three would-be basestealers. Iannetta is just 1-for-19 on the season while Hank Conger is 2-for-4.
Although Iannetta ranks 25th out of 25 qualified catchers in terms of runners caught stealing, a stolen base is often a product of the pitcher's delivery.
While it is no surprise that Hanson, who is currently tied with Tampa Bay's Roberto Hernandez for the most stolen bases allowed in baseball, has struggled to hold runners this season, opponents are also 4-for-4 against Joe Blanton. In 2012, Blanton only allowed eight stolen bases in 15 attempts.
"It's tough," Iannetta said. "You want to control the running game, you want to keep the double play in order and if you can get an out, you want to get an out. Those are things you want to accomplish and if it doesn't happen, it makes it a little bit harder."
Angels encouraged after Madson throws
ANAHEIM -- Prior to Saturday's game, Ryan Madson threw his first bullpen session in two weeks, and according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia, the session went well.
"It was terrific," Scioscia said. "He's very encouraged."
The last time Madson threw from a mound -- in a simulated game on April 19 -- he felt tightness immediately after and was shut down for two weeks, during which he went to extended spring training in Arizona and had scar tissue removed.
Following Saturday's session, the results were different, as the Angels already have a tentative date for the right-hander's next bullpen.
"I'm sure he'll probably get back on the mound on Tuesday," Scioscia said.
Mark Trumbo homered in five of the past six games entering Sunday and has been crucial in the middle of the Angels' lineup, especially with the struggles of Josh Hamilton. Trumbo has 10 RBIs in the last nine games and reached base in 29 of the team's 30 games.
"He's been everything we were looking for and it's obvious, with him being bumped to the middle of our lineup, the confidence we have that he can continue," Scioscia said.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.