"I'm feeling sore right now," Pujols said after the Angels beat the Red Sox, 7-3. "How I did it, I don't know, I can't tell you."
Pujols was 2-for-2 with a double and run before he was removed from the game with the Angels leading, 4-0.
He singled in his first at-bat but was thrown out at second base when tried to stretch it to a double. Pujols doubled in the fourth and moved to third on a groundout. He scored on a single by Mark Trumbo but was not moving well on the bases at that point.
"While I was running from second to third that's when I felt it the most," Pujols said. "I ran fine on that double and then all of a sudden I can't tell you, just one of those things. It was more when I was running from second to third, I kind of pulled up a little bit."
The slugger did not take the field when the Red Sox came up to bat in the fourth. Trumbo moved from left field to first base. Vernon Wells came off the bench to play left.
"I was just hoping it was a cramp and not something else," Pujols said. "It was sore and they didn't want to take the chance of sending me out there and make a small thing worse. It was tough because I don't like to come out of the game." Pujols is hitting .283 with 34 doubles, 28 home runs and 86 RBIs in 121 games this season. He has not missed any games due to injury this year.
Wednesday was not the first time Pujols injured a calf muscle. He pulled his left calf in 2008 when he was a member of the Cardinals and missed 13 games while on the 15-day disabled list.
"This is nothing even close to that," Pujols said. "Hopefully [Thursday] it feels better. I'm going to ice it down tonight and do other stuff and see how it goes. It's pretty sore, so hopefully just sore and [Thursday] hopefully I feel better and play. If not, I'll just take a day [off]."
Pujols has been on the DL three times in his career and never missed more than 18 days.