Angels' Pujols out of lineup because of sore hamstring

NEW YORK (AP) Albert Pujols was out of the Los Angeles Angels' starting lineup on Friday at the New York Mets because of a sore right hamstring.

The 37-year-old left Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox in the seventh, one inning after he was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Pujols had an MRI, which showed tendinitis in the hamstring.

''Nothing more than that,'' Scioscia said. ''It's sore.''

Los Angeles was starting a 10-game trip that included a pair of three-game series at National League ballparks, where there is no designated hitter.

''We're just going to take a little precaution to make sure he's a certain level before he plays first base,'' Scioscia said. ''We're just going to read it on a daily basis.''

Pujols is hitting .247 with five homers and 32 RBIs, usually hitting third in the order behind AL MVP Mike Trout.

''There's obviously going to be a little hole in your lineup, and you just work around it,'' Scioscia said.

Scioscia said he would determine Pujols' availability as a pinch hitter after the star hit in the batting cage.

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