Pujols said the absence wasn't injury-related, just a regular day off. He'd had only two all year, with his last one coming three weeks ago.
"Last night he was a little tired after the game," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who wasn't originally planning on giving Pujols a day off in this homestand. "I'm just trying to give his legs a recharge day, and hopefully he'll be ready to go tomorrow. That's what we anticipate."
Pujols, batting .280 with 26 homers and 82 RBIs on the year, had days off on May 5 (to clear his head from an early season slump) and July 25 (after being hit in the elbow the night before). Of his 115 starts, 103 have come at first base, with 10 at designated hitter and two at the hot corner.