8/17/2013 12:53 A.M. ET
Pujols has boot removed, hopeful to return this year
By William Boor / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- When Albert Pujols was placed on the disabled list with a partial tear of his plantar fascia, many assumed his season was done.
However, Pujols -- a fierce competitor -- never ruled out the possibility of a return.
The Angels' slugger spent the past three weeks in a walking boot, which was removed Friday, and he reiterated that there may be a little bit left to his season.
"I'm targeting a day and hopefully by that day, I feel good," Pujols said. "When I start hitting and doing more exercise, I think I'll have a pretty good idea. I have a day in my mind, but if it's not that day, then I have to see where it goes from there."
Although he wants to return to the lineup before the conclusion of the season, Pujols said he will be cautious and does not want to do anything that may result in a setback.
"Just going to take it day by day," Pujols said. "I don't want to go back to what I was just because I'm rushing. I'm listening to the doctor."
As Pujols recovers, the Jack Clark incident from a week ago is still lingering, but Pujols was not willing to revisit the comments made on the radio in St. Louis.
"I think it's disrespectful if I bring that distraction here," Pujols said. "I said what I said in my statement."
Clark said Pujols' ex-trainer used to "shoot him up" with performance-enhancing drugs on a radio show on WGNU 920AM.
Clark, who has since been fired, said he knows "for a fact" that Pujols used PEDs.
The trainer Clark referenced, Chris Mihlfeld, denied the allegations and released his own statement last Friday, in which he said he hasn't talked to Clark in "close to 10 years," and that the comments are "simply not true."
Pujols declined to clarify if he still plans to pursue legal action, he simply said, "what I said in there, I meant it. You guys will find out the rest later."
Bourjos returns from DL; Field sent to Triple-A
ANAHEIM -- A familiar face has made his way back into the Angels' starting lineup.
Prior to the series opener against the Astros, Peter Bourjos was activated from the disabled list and Tommy Field was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Bourjos, who will bat ninth and play center field Friday night, is hitting .333 with a .392 on-base percentage this season but has been limited to 40 games.
"It's been a frustrating two years to say the least," Bourjos said. "Going back to last year and not playing a lot and then this year, having an opportunity to play and being hurt because of it."
Bourjos has spent time on the DL with a strained hamstring and most recently with a fractured right wrist.
The center fielder said there is still some occasional pain, but he does not believe his swing -- or any other part of his game -- will be limited.
"It's still sore on some days, just depends on the day, but it's definitely a lot better than it was a week or two weeks ago," Bourjos said.
If the pain remains throughout the offseason, surgery is a possibility, but Bourjos does not anticipate that being necessary.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia acknowledged how valuable Bourjos is to the team.
"When you start putting all the spokes of the wheel together and you have it assembled and you start to take out spokes here and there, there's going to be a tipping at some time," Scioscia said. "We've struggled with keeping all those spokes on the wheel and Peter's an important spoke."
Scioscia to have say on proposed replay changes
ANAHEIM -- Mike Scioscia has not yet reviewed all the details in the latest proposal for instant replay, but as a member of Commissioner Bud Selig's Special Committee for On-Field Matters, the Angels manager's input will certainly be heard.
"No doubt, expanded replay is coming," Scioscia said.
While Scioscia doesn't know exactly how the latest proposal -- which will be voted on in November and focuses on a "challenge" system -- will play out, he is also unsure of what will happen to the pace of the game.
It has been suggested that replay may speed up the game because managers won't have to argue calls, they will simply "challenge" them.
However, that may not necessarily be the case.
"There are going to be some plays where you have to get some understanding on what they saw and what you're challenging," Scioscia said. "If it's going to go quicker, I don't know."
On-field arguments may decrease, but Scioscia explained that on a play where the first baseman bobbles the ball, the manager will still likely need to talk to the umpire to make it clear that he is challenging the bobble as opposed to whether the first baseman's foot was on the bag.
Throwback jerseys, tribute acts featured this weekend
ANAHEIM -- When the Angels take the field this weekend, they will look a bit different.
Although the names in the Angels' lineup have been a bit of unfamiliar lately, the look on Friday and Saturday will be the result of something different -- Flashback Weekend.
As part of the weekend's theme, the club will wear the 1989 California Angels jerseys Friday and the 1961-65 Los Angeles Angels jerseys Saturday.
The throwback jerseys will be the only on-field changes, but the tribute to the past also includes a pair of postgame concerts.
Following Friday night's postgame fireworks show, Queen Nation, a Queen tribute band, will perform in celebration of '80s Night.
Rain, a Beatles tribute band, will take the stage Saturday as the Angels host '60s Night.
• Right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen left Friday night's game after he was hit in his throwing hand with a line drive by Matt Dominguez in the seventh inning. Jepsen faced two batters, allowing singles to Chris Carter and Dominguez before exiting with a right hand contusion. The Angels said he will be re-evaluated Saturday.
• Mark Trumbo was not in Friday's lineup but it is simply a day off.
• Tommy Hanson pitched five innings in his start for Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits. There is no timetable for how long he will be in Salt Lake. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Hanson needs to "find his game."
• Kole Calhoun is starting Friday night's game at first base. Although first base is not his primary position, Calhoun said it isn't something he opposes.
"It's a secondary position, but it's still something I take pride in," Calhoun said. "Days I don't start I try to get a little work in there, or when there is early BP I'll try to get some work in there."
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.