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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Angels Injury Update: Albert Pujols and Matt Shoemaker exit early

By on 9/16/2014 09:15:00 AM

The Los Angeles Angels do not need to worry about winning the AL West any more, but they would like to make it to the postseason with no more injury concerns. Monday was not ideal on that front, with both starter Matt Shoemaker and first baseman Albert Pujols leaving the Angels' win early, as's Alden Gonzalez reports.

Shoemaker was already close to finishing his start, having thrown 96 pitches when he was seen trying to loosen up his left side in the seventh, at which point the Angels promptly removed him from the game. The starter did not seem to be concerned about making his next start, telling Gonzalez that was his aim:
"You always plan on doing that," Shoemaker said. "You can't speculate anything right now. We'll find out more tomorrow."
Gonzalez writes that manager Mike Scioscia was more concerned, voicing the possibility of an oblique strain that could keep Shoemaker out for a longer period of time. The right-hander will have an MRI on Tuesday to assess the extent of the problem.

Pujols had already left the game, coming out in the third when he limped his way to a double. The first baseman told Gonzalez that it was 'just a little cramp' in his left hamstring, mentioning that the 95-degree heat may have been a large factor. Pujols put the Angels 3-0 up with the double, a lead they never relinquished to put them just two games away from winning the division.

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