Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has bruised hand after being hit by a pitch during Wednesday’s game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays
Pujols was drilled in the left hand by Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison in the fourth inning of Los Angeles’ 4-3 victory. He left the game in the fifth inning after going 0-for-1 and did not return to the game.
He was replaced by pinch hitter Marc Krauss in the fifth inning after being part of a double play defensively in the fourth. Krauss drove in the winning runs against the Blue Jays with a two-run double in the seventh inning.
X-Rays on Pujols’ hand were negative and the team said he had a left hand contusion.
"It didn't sound good," Angels centerfielder Mike Trout said after the game, according to MLB.com. "I was on first base and at first I thought it hit the knob. But after the replay, I heard everybody saying it hit the wrist. I just hope everything's all right. He's a big guy in our lineup."
Pujols broke his left wrist in 2011 when he played for the St. Louis Cardinals, an injury that forced him to miss two weeks of action.
"I don't know if there's anything residual from when he fractured it in St. Louis," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Pujols is batting .231 with seven home runs and 15 RBIs this season for the Angels, who have won seven of their last 10 games and are 5.5 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West.
- Scooby Axson