Albert Pujols, Justin Bour will share Angels’ first base duties with Shohei Ohtani at DH

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Pujols was hitting .214 with a .696 OPS heading into Wednesday’s game, while Bour was hitting .169 with a .578 OPS.“I hope they tear the cover off the ball and it becomes an extremely difficult decision for me on a daily basis,” Ausmus said. “But performance, I’ve said it all along, it’s a performance game, and performance comes into play.”SETBACK FOR MIDDLETONKeynan Middleton, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, last week felt some discomfort during a bullpen session and had to take a temporary step back in rehab, General Manager Billy Eppler said on Wednesday.Eppler characterized it as minor and said Middleton has already resumed throwing.“He had a day when he was excited about how his arm felt and pushed the gas pedal down a little father and had some elongated soreness afterward,” Eppler said, adding that now Middleton has said the pain is a 1, on a scale of 1 to 10.Middleton, who had Tommy John surgery last April, is still projected to return in late June or early July, Eppler said.Related Articles JC Ramírez, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on about the same timetable as Middleton, faced hitters on Saturday and could be soon headed to a minor league team to continue his rehab, Eppler said.ALSOAndrew Heaney (elbow inflammation) will throw 45 pitches over three innings in an extended spring training game on Friday, Eppler said. …Top prospect Jo Adell (sprained right ankle, strained left hamstring) had three at-bats in simulated games, but he is not yet running. Eppler said Adell will begin playing in extended spring training games next week. …Tommy La Stella, who was scratched from Sunday’s lineup because of back tightness, said he’s fine now.UP NEXTAngels (TBA) vs. Tigers (LHP Ryan Carpenter, 2019 debut), Thursday, 10 a.m., Fox Sports West Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Although Pujols has been more productive than Bour so far this season, it’s unlikely that Pujols can handle playing first base every day.“I generally want to avoid three games in a row, as a rule, but he’s going to play tomorrow, with a (third straight) lefty going, so that will be three days in a row, but then he won’t play the following day,” Ausmus said. “I’m going to be very cognizant of taking care of Albert’s knees and keeping him healthy the entire season.”Pujols had played just 34 games at first, combined, in 2016 and 2017. Last season, with Ohtani taking up so many DH at-bats, Pujols ended up playing 70 games at first.He also went on the disabled list in July and ended up getting shut down for season-ending knee surgery in late August.Pujols started at first for the 13th time on Wednesday night. The Angels have 126 games remaining.center_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros DETROIT — Ever since the Angels signed Justin Bour in December, they knew this logjam was coming.Now that Shohei Ohtani is back, and expected to take up almost all of the DH at-bats, it leaves Albert Pujols and Bour to split first base.On Wednesday, Ohtani’s second day back in the lineup, Manager Brad Ausmus spoke to both Pujols and Bour and explained how it’s going to break down.“Albert is going to face all the lefties,” Ausmus said. “We’ve got to keep Albert healthy. Albert will face some of the righties and Bour will face some of the righties. It will boil down to performance, but playing into that is keeping Albert healthy.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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