Pujols, who has tied for major-league lead with 28 home runs since May 6, pulled up running from second to third base after he doubled in the fourth inning of the Angels’ 7-3 victory. He managed to hobble across home plate on a single, then left the game.
Saying he was “pretty sore” after the game, Pujols added that he didn’t think the injury was as severe as the left calf strain that resulted in a stint on the disabled list in 2008. The MRI is being done as a precaution.
“This is not even close to that,” he said (via the Orange County Register). “Hopefully, it's just sore and [Thursday] it's feeling better. We'll see if I can play or if I need a day or two [out of the lineup].”
The Angels trail Texas in the American League West Division by 8 1/2 games and are 3 1/2 behind Oakland in the race for the second wild-card spot.