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Angels shut down ailing Pujols for rest of season

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Albert Pujols finally agreed he should wait 'til next year.

Pujols will miss the rest of the season to rest his injured left foot, the Angels said Monday.

The three-time NL MVP gave up his hope to play again this season when the Angels' medical staff and front office advised him to give several months of rest to his partially torn plantar fascia before spring training.

While sitting out the past three weeks, Pujols repeatedly said he hoped to return for the final two weeks of Los Angeles' dismal season if possible. He eventually had to acknowledge the plan made sense only as a salve to his pride.

"It's not an easy decision, as competitive as I am," Pujols said Monday. "But I also understand that we (need) to look beyond the season."

The Angels face the Rays for a three-game series at Tropicana Field starting Aug. 27.

BRAUN SUED: A former college classmate sued Ryan Braun, saying the Brewers slugger sought his help in fighting a failed drug test, balked on paying him then disparaged him when asked why their friendship soured. Ralph Sasson, a Milwaukee law student, said Braun's agent hired him in November 2011 to do legal research aimed at clearing Braun after the leftfielder tested positive for steroid use. Braun's suspension was overturned on appeal.

JETER SWINGS: Yankees SS Derek Jeter hit in his first simulated game in Tampa since going on the disabled list earlier this month with a strained right calf.

NATS BOOST BENCH: The Nationals acquired OF David DeJesus from the Cubs for a player to be named.

MARLINS: 2B Placido Polanco went on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

RANGERS: The team plans to purchase LHP Travis Blackley's contract from Triple-A Round Rock and start him tonight against the Astros, the team that just traded him.

RED SOX: SS Xander Bogaerts, one of the team's top prospects, had his contract selected from Triple-A Pawtucket.

ROCKIES: C Yorvit Torrealba is headed to the seven-day concussion disabled list after taking a foul tip off his mask Sunday.

TWINS: Rookie RHP Kyle Gibson was demoted to Triple-A Rochester after posting a 6.53 ERA in 10 starts.

Angels shut down ailing Pujols for rest of season 08/19/13 [Last modified: Monday, August 19, 2013 10:10pm]
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