Angels slugger Albert Pujols is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday night’s game in Anaheim against the Texas Rangers because he remained in the Midwest to be with his wife, Deidre, who delivered the couple’s fifth child in a Kansas City-area hospital early Sunday morning.
Pujols, who is hitting .282 with 30 home runs and a team-leading 96 runs batted in, played in Sunday’s game against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium despite being up all night with Deidre, who delivered a daughter, Esther Grace, at 3:30 a.m. The first baseman doubled once in four at-bats in the Angels’ 4-3 win.
Pujols did not accompany the team on Sunday night’s charter flight back to Southern California, and the Angels were off on Monday. [Updated at 5:18 p.m.: Deidre and Esther Grace were still at the hospital as of Tuesday afternoon.]
Pujols’ loss leaves a significant hole in the middle of the lineup as the Angels, who are fighting for a playoff spot, open a big series against the American League West-leading Rangers in Anaheim.