NEW YORK — Another week, another hamstring.
A week after the Angels waited on Mike Trout’s tight hamstring, they are now without Albert Pujols because he tweaked his right hamstring.
Pujols underwent an MRI exam on Friday morning, which he said came back clean. Pujols, who felt it when he was trying to go second on a base hit Wednesday, was not in the lineup on Friday night at Citi Field.
He is hoping to be back either Saturday or Sunday.
“I’m feeling good,” Pujols said. “I’m better than Wednesday, just a little tight hamstring. We’ll take it day by day, just a precaution to make sure this doesn’t linger.”
Pujols added: “If this were the playoffs, I’d probably be playing, but this is seven weeks into the season. We’ll see what happens.”
Pujols compared it to when he tweaked his hamstring in April 2015 and he missed two games, including one in a National League park.
“Hopefully I’ll be ready Sunday,” he said. “We’ll take it day by day and see how it feels.”
The Angels are expected to complete the deal with pitcher Doug Fister on Saturday. Fister, who would be added to the 40-man roster, would begin working out at the Angels complex in Arizona and then pitch for a minor league team while the club evaluates to see where he would fit.
Fister has been throwing to college hitters, and he’s up to around 75 pitches.
Fister posted a 4.64 ERA with the Houston Astros in 2016, and he went unsigned throughout the winter.
At his best, from 2009 to 2014, he posted a 3.34 ERA in 155 games. He had a 2.41 ERA with the Washington Nationals in 2014, when he was a teammate of Danny Espinosa.
“When he’s at his best, he eats up a lot of innings, which saves the bullpen,” Espinosa said. “He’s take the ball every fifth day. He gets quick outs, quick games. He keeps the defense on its toes. He throws a lot of strikes. He’s going to compete. … He’s a good guy. He’ll fit right in.”
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