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Dodgers activate Albert Pujols

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers activated infielder Albert Pujols from the injured list and optioned left-handed pitcher Andrew Vasquez.

 

Pujols, 41, has been with the Dodgers since May 17 and he is batting .255 (47-for-184) with 12 homers and 38 RBI in 82 games with the Boys in Blue. The three-time National League Most Valuable Player is in his 21st season in the Major Leagues and has amassed 679 homers and 2,150 RBI in 2,968 career games. His 679 homers are the most by any active player and rank fifth all-time, trailing Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

 

Vasquez, 27, did not pitch in his second stint with the Dodgers and he is 0-0 (0 ER/1.2 IP) with three strikeouts in two games for the Dodgers. He was acquired via trade from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Steve Berman and has made 38 appearances at the Triple-A level with 33 coming for the Triple-A St. Paul Saints, where he went 4-0 with a 3.61 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 42.1 innings. The former Los Osos High School standout has spent part of three seasons in the Major Leagues with Minnesota (2018-19) and Los Angeles (2021), going a combined 1-0 with an 8.10 ERA (6 ER/6.2 I) with 10 strikeouts. The Southern California native was originally drafted in the 32nd round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft by the Twins out of Westmont College.

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