ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Albert Pujols is finally getting into a groove at the plate, but even “The Machine” needs a day to recharge his batteries from time to time. At least that’s what Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday after Pujols was left off the lineup.
After going hitless in 12 at-bats in the Seattle series, Pujols is 4-for-8 in his last two games, with a double, two home runs and six RBI.
“I’m just trying to recharge his legs,” Scioscia said. “He’ll get back in there tomorrow.
“Obviously, Albert’s a big part of our lineup and a special player, but you have to feel when they need a day off you can give it to them and still go out there and win a game.”
Pujols said he was “fine” when he was asked and, when pressed, said, “What? I can’t take a day off?”
It wasn’t a scheduled day off, Scioscia explained, but something Pujols talked to first base coach Alfredo Griffin about after Tuesday night’s game.
“After the game he was a little tired and he and Griff spoke,” Scioscia said. “We’re just trying to give his legs a recharge day and hopefully he’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”
Howie Kendrick, who has hits in 13 of his last 15 contests and 11 multi-hit games since the start of the second half of the season, was also left off the lineup on Wednesday.
“It’s just a matchup thing,” Scioscia said. “Both of those guys have been out there on a regular basis and have really been playing a lot of baseball and grinding it so I’ll give them some time off on an occasional day.”
Jason Kipnis - 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera - DH
Shin-Soo Choo - RF
Carlos Santana - C
Michael Brantley - CF
Casey Kotchman - 1B
Brent Lillibridge - SS
Jack Hannahan - 3B
Ezequiel Carrera - LF
Mike Trout - CF
Erick Aybar - SS
Torii Hunter - RF
Kendrys Morales - DH
Mark Trumbo - 1B
Alberto Callaspo - 3B
Vernon Wells - LF
Maicer Izturis - 2B
Chris Iannetta - C