Albert Pujols leaves with tight hamstring after pulling up on base hit

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols left Wednesday night's 6-3 win over the Oakland Athletics with tightness in his left hamstring after running to first base in the sixth inning.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Pujols will not play Thursday, according to the Orange County Register, but was hopeful after the game that Pujols' injury would not keep him out of the lineup for long and that the three-time National League MVP would not need to go on the disabled list.

"He didn't really feel a pop. It was more a little bit cramp-ish," Scioscia said. "We're definitely going to err on the side of caution. Right now, we're optimistic that it's not going to be too long."

"It feels more like a cramp, but it's really sore right now," Pujols said. "We'll see tomorrow."

Pujols blooped a single to center leading off the inning but pulled up about 15 feet from the base and walked the final few steps. He clutched at the back of his left leg as a team trainer came out from the dugout. The two talked briefly before Pujols walked slowly off the field.

Grant Green replaced Pujols as a pinch runner and stayed in the game playing first base.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.