It didn’t take long for Pujols to make an impact. He started Monday night’s series opener with the Diamondbacks (GameTracker) at first base and as a clean-up hitter, and after stealing center on his first at bat, Pujols shot a single. RBI during the quarter against Madison Bumgarner in her second at Bat. Here is the video:
Pujols was 7 for 27 (0.259) with three home runs against lefties heading into Monday’s game. With Cody Bellinger (leg), Zach McKinstry (oblique), AJ Pollock (hamstrings), Edwin Ríos (shoulder) and Corey Seager (hand) all injured, Pujols plans to get some playing time in the immediate future. .
That said, the Dodgers haven’t made any promises to Pujols on playing time, and he says he’s ready to embrace “any” role the team envisions for him. Ahead of Monday’s game, Pujols pushed back information about the end of his tenure with the Angels, which would have been acrimonious.
The Angels released Pujols last week and owe him the remainder of his $ 30 million salary this year. The Dodgers will pay him the game in proportion to the league minimum. It is a low cost flyer with benefits.