{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

{"event":["spring_training" ] }

Angels have basepath plan for Pujols, in a pinch

|

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels had an interesting plan in place in case Albert Pujols got on base in his spring debut on Tuesday. Manager Mike Scioscia asked permission from his Cincinnati counterpart, Dusty Baker, to use a pinch-runner for Pujols and still allow him back into the game.

That plan didn't wind up taking effect, though, because Pujols struck out and grounded out twice. The three-time Most Valuable Player came out of the box gingerly on each of his groundouts, and he said that he's been able to do some sprinting but that he really hasn't run the bases yet.

"I think they talked to Dusty about where they were going to take me out and put me back in. Dusty was OK with that," said Pujols. "I was fine to do either/or. I told them I was ready to [run], but since I haven't [run] the bases and all that, they wanted to be careful. I think that's something I'm going to do right now. And then tomorrow. And then hopefully in a couple days I won't have to worry about it."

Baker, for his part, got in a great quip when he heard Pujols would be in the lineup.

"You know Albert wouldn't miss us," said Baker of the ex-Cardinal.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"event":["spring_training" ] }
{"event":["spring_training" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español