Mike Scioscia says Yasiel Puig hasn’t earned All-Star berth yet
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday he would not include Dodgers outfield phenom Yasiel Puig on the National League All-Star team.
“I think he needs to go a little farther to earn it,” Scioscia said.
Puig has captured the imagination of fans across the country, but he has only 114 at-bats, ranking 11th on the Dodgers in that category. He is batting .430 with eight home runs, in 29 games.
Scioscia echoed the concerns of San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, who will manage — and help select — the NL All-Star team.
“If he’s not an All-Star this year, he’s going to be an All-Star for years to come,” Scioscia said of Puig. “But I do think you have to play enough to earn a spot on the All-Star team.”
Nonetheless, as Bochy works with Major League Baseball officials to complete the NL roster, Scioscia said he expects Puig to be given strong consideration.
“I don’t think MLB will discount what he’s done, even though it’s a limited number of at-bats,” Scioscia said. “There’s a pull to bring the best players to the game, because of the bearing it has on home-field advantage in the World Series. That’s going to give him a deeper look than maybe it would have been in any other situation.”
Scioscia, a longtime Dodgers star, had no reservations about Puig’s talent.
“He’s as dynamic a player as you’re going to see in the major leagues,” Scioscia said.
Albert Pujols said he has not decided whether to go undergo surgery on his left foot after the season.
“When we get to that point, we’ll talk about it,” Pujols said Thursday.
Pujols is hampered by plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of tissue on the bottom of his foot. He has started 52 games at designated hitter — including the last 11 — and 31 at first base.
Surgery would release the affected tissue, allowing him to move more freely and comfortably.
“I’m definitely going to try to do something after the season to help me out and not play in that pain I’ve been playing in,” Pujols told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He added: “There’s no doubt that I’ll be a full-time first baseman next year.”
Catcher Hank Conger had a busy holiday Thursday. In the evening, he was the starting catcher for the Angels. In the morning, he was a grand marshal for the 109th annual Huntington Beach Fourth of July parade.
Conger described his parade duties thusly: “Just kind of wave to people.”
For Conger, the greatest thrill was meeting Lou Ferrigno, the actor who played the Incredible Hulk on TV. “I don’t know if I’m famous,” Conger said. “He is.”
Conger grew up in Huntington Beach, which bills its annual Fourth of July parade as the largest west of the Mississippi. His parents, presumably, would have been thrilled and delighted to sit and watch their son pass by as a grand marshal of the hometown parade.
“My parents couldn’t find a seat,” Conger said. “They just kind of walked around.”
Trumbo powers up
Mark Trumbo hit his team-high 19th home run Thursday. He has 80 homers in 386 career games. The only Angels to hit that many homers in fewer games: Tim Salmon (358) and Troy Glaus (366).
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