MRI on Albert Pujols' hamstring shows tendinitis

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

NEW YORK -- Albert Pujols was out of the Los Angeles Angels' lineup in Friday night's 3-0 loss 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 is on a 10-game trip that includes 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.

After the game, Scioscia said Pujols had not been available as a pinch hitter.