Angels’ Albert Pujols drops below fifth in batting order for first time since 2001

first_imgAusmus said he “would be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned” about the 33-year-old.Cozart spent the past four weeks mulling mechanical changes to his swing and speaking to coaches on possible modifications. When asked if this could evolve into a career-altering injury, Cozart paused for a moment.“It’s kind of looking that way,” he said, rubbing his forehead.SIMMONS BACK ON REHAB ASSIGNMENTShortstop Andrelton Simmons continued his rehab assignment with Class-A Inland Empire on Tuesday after suffering a Grade 3 ankle sprain in late May. The 29-year-old’s recovery was slowed last week when trainers detected a “noticeable limp” during another rehab assignment in Orem, Utah.Simmons was scheduled for just one rehab game so far, Ausmus said, and he was expected to play seven innings Tuesday.“Literally, the old adage (of one day at a time) is true,” the manager said with a smile.OFT-INJURED ALEX MEYER RETIRESPitcher Alex Meyer announced his retirement on Instagram on Tuesday after the righty suffered multiple shoulder injuries. The former first-round pick of the Nationals last pitched two years ago for the Angels, throwing one of his finest games in what would be his last. In seven scoreless innings against the team that drafted him in 2011, he gave up just one hit and one walk in a 7-0 victory on July 19, 2017.“I never thought in 2017 I was throwing my last pitch, but not everything goes how we expect it to,” Meyer wrote on Instagram. “After multiple surgeries and countless hours of rehab, the end of the road for my baseball career has come.”ALSOPitcher Trevor Cahill will be activated Wednesday, Ausmus said, but he will not necessarily start in the second game of the six-game homestand. Ausmus had not settled on a Wednesday starter when asked by reporters before Tuesday’s game. Cahill has been on the IL since Jun 9 with right elbow inflammation.UP NEXTAngels (starter TBD) vs. Reds (RHP Tanner Roark, 5-6, 3.47), Wednesday, 5 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Since being placed on the IL about a month ago, Cozart said he’s received almost every possible treatment allowed on his shoulder. Yet his range of motion is still limited to just lifting his left arm to shoulder height and stretching it across his chest, he demonstrated to reporters in the clubhouse on Tuesday.“Not only do I have pain, but it’s affecting (me) to where I can’t even be half of what I can be out there, so it’s just super frustrating,” the infielder said. “I don’t have an answer for you.”He’s hoping Meister will give him a clear answer about what to do next. The news doesn’t have to be all positive, Cozart said, he just wants it to be clear.“I just want, like, a firm answer on how we’re going to do the rehab and get after it,” Cozart said.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img ANAHEIM — Brad Ausmus didn’t realize what he had done when he set his lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Reds. The Angels manager innocently listed Albert Pujols as hitting sixth, but instead ended an 18-year streak for the slugger.It was the first time since 2001 – Pujols’ rookie season – that he batted lower than fifth. Ausmus said he wasn’t aware of the streak heading into the game.“He’s one of the greatest hitters ever. I’m not surprised,” Ausmus said of Pujols’ rare position toward the bottom of the order.The Angels’ first-year manager said improved health prompted the lineup switch, along with hoping to mix right-handed and left-handed hitters. Right-handed-hitting left fielder Justin Upton, nearly two weeks removed from the turf toe injury that cost him 71 games on the IL, batted fourth Tuesday. Shohei Ohtani has yet to pitch after Tommy John surgery but returned in May as a designated hitter. “We have Ohtani back, Upton back,” Ausmus said. “Throw (Tommy) La Stella in there. He’s exceeded what our expectations were by a lot. That’s all that is.”La Stella, a finalist for the All-Star starters election, is hitting .297 this season with 43 RBIs and 15 home runs this season.COZART CALLS REINFORCEMENTS FOR SHOULDER INJURYAfter four “frustrating” weeks on the IL, infielder Zack Cozart will see Rangers team doctor Keith Meister on Monday for another opinion on his surgically repaired left shoulder. He has already consulted with the Angels’ physician Steve Yoon, who spoke with surgeon Neal ElAttrache but hasn’t seen any progress since undergoing a procedure last year.ElAttrache told Cozart his shoulder would feel different after the surgery tightened the labrum that had been loose for nearly a decade. The procedure worked, but Cozart admitted Tuesday he didn’t fully understand how difficult the process would be.“I would hope that I would have an answer, or OK, it might be going slow, but I’m progressing to where I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but right now, I don’t really see it,” Cozart said. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

Will Smith leads Dodgers’ home run barrage in Miami

first_imgThe rookie right-hander retired the first nine batters he faced and didn’t allow a ball hit out of the infield until the fourth inning. May gave up just one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings earning his first major-league win.“Dustin didn’t get ahead as much as he did his last start, wasn’t as sharp,” Roberts said.“In spurts there were some good throws in there. Getting ahead, he didn’t do as good a job. But when you don’t have your best stuff or your best command, to still go out there and put up zeroes, that’s where you have to tip your hat to a young player like Dustin.”It remains to be seen how May might fare in October — if given the chance this year. But August has been a breeze.Since being promoted from Triple-A at the start of the month, May has a 2.65 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over three starts with 15 strikeouts and just two walks in his first 17 big-league innings.“That they’re just normal people too. They get out like everybody else,” May said when asked what he had learned about big-league hitters in that time. “The only real difference is they hit the mistakes a little bit harder. So I just have to minimize the mistakes on my end.” The man Smith passed in both categories, Cody Bellinger, also homered Tuesday, matching his rookie season total (39) with 41 games to go.Justin Turner, Corey Seager and Matt Beaty also hit home runs as the Dodgers pounded Marlins pitchers. The first three (Jordan Yamamoto, Wei-Yin Chen and Austin Brice) didn’t give up a single hit — but gave up six home runs and five doubles (three to A.J. Pollock).The Dodgers didn’t get a single until the 12th of their 15 hits in the game (a two-out base hit by Kristopher Negron in the ninth) and that was immediately followed by another double, Ferguson’s, and the only triple of the night. Three runs scored when Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson made an unsuccessful dive for Beaty’s line drive, allowing three runs to score.All of that made maintaining his curly locks in the Miami humidity Dustin May’s only real worry.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start It ended with catchers pitching for both teams. Bryan Holaday got the last out in the top of the ninth becoming the only one of six Marlins pitchers to record an out and not give up a run. Russell Martin topped that, closing out the game with a scoreless bottom of the ninth — maintaining his career 0.00 ERA after three appearances.“It was as good of a night as we’ve had all year and that’s saying a lot,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the offensive assault which included back-to-back home runs on two occasions. “We only had two singles and that didn’t come until the ninth inning. Just really good at-bats all around to a man, really.“It’s just a relentless approach.”Rookie catcher Will Smith hit two of the Dodgers’ six home runs and drove in three of the runs. The two-homer game was Smith’s first, yet another item checked off his big-league bucket list. His nine home runs and 26 RBI are the most over the first 23 games of a career by anyone in franchise history — more of an offensive impact than the Dodgers could rightfully have expected.“Yeah, I guess so, I mean, up to this point as far as the production. You know you can bet on the makeup and the work ethic,” Roberts said. “He’s just very confident right now. He stays in the strike zone, has a really good plan every time he steps in the box and when he gets a pitch he’s not missing it.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith watches his solo home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. At right is Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two-run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35) tosses his bat after striking out during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto stands on the mound as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, left, rounds first base after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Marlins’ Starlin Castro holds his helmet after flying out during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. The Dodgers won 15-1. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Marlins relief pitcher Wei-Yin Chen waits as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger runs the bases after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock runs after hitting a double during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager (5) is met by A.J. Pollock (11) at the plate after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May is high-fived after being removed during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner watches two-run home run during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May, right, hands the ball to manager Dave Roberts (30) as he is removed during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin delivers a pitch in relief during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. The Dodgers won 15-1. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Marlins assistant trainer Mike Kozak, right, talks with home plate umpire Chad Fairchild after Fairchild was hit by a pitch thrown by Miami Marlins reliever Jarlin Garcia during the ninth inning of the Marlins’ baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. The Dodgers won 15-1. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith watches his solo home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. At right is Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)NextShow Caption1 of 15Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith watches his solo home run during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Miami. At right is Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)ExpandMIAMI — It’s a long way from the top to the bottom of the National League.The Dodgers, the league’s best team with 80 wins, hammered that point — along with a lot of pitches — home Tuesday night, battering the league’s worst team, the Miami Marlins, 15-1.The Dodgers tied a franchise record with 13 extra-base hits (six home runs, six doubles and a triple) and set a Marlins Park record with six home runs. Nine different Dodgers had at least one extra-base hit — including reliever Caleb Ferguson who now has two major-league hits to cherish.The lopsided evening played out in front of announced crowd of 8,729 fans — many of them wearing Dodgers blue and not Marlins … whatever their latest team color is. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more