"I felt it two steps before I got to home plate when I scored on [
"It kind of locked up and grabbed me. I had spasms, and I felt pretty sore. I think I could play today, but it's smart to give it another day because I don't want to take two or three steps backward."
Pujols, who is batting .255 with 16 homers and 44 runs batted in on the season but only .167 (14 for 84) with runners in scoring position, missed only one other game this season, May 29 at Seattle.
Rookie reliever Cam Bedrosian, whom Manager
Bedrosian left Thursday's game after allowing the
Close to returning
Tyler Skaggs, on the disabled list because of a right hamstring strain, threw a four-inning, 62-pitch simulated game on Saturday.
Pitching coach Mike Butcher said the left-hander "looked good" and had "no issues" with his injured leg, and Scioscia said Skaggs could return to the rotation later this week.
Hitting coach Don Baylor, 2 1/2 months removed from surgery to repair a broken leg, was in uniform and walking without a noticeable limp on Saturday.