Pujols slotted at DH while dealing with sore shin

Pujols slotted at DH while dealing with sore shin

Pujols slotted at DH while dealing with sore shin
ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols was given the night off defensively on Saturday after fouling a ball off his shin in Friday's game. He hit third as the designated hitter.

The move was just a "normal break" from playing first base for Pujols, manager Mike Scioscia said.

"He fouled that ball off his shin, but he could play the field if we needed him to, but we'll DH him today just to give him a little break," Scioscia said.

In 61 at-bats as a DH in his career, Pujols entered Saturday batting .344 with five home runs, four doubles and 14 RBIs. He has been the DH in three games this season with one home run, two RBIs and a .273 average.

Kendrys Morales started at first base for the third time this season.