LAS VEGAS (AP) — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols has been cleared to do extensive upper body work and also has begun low-impact lower body exercises as he recovers from surgery on his left knee and right elbow.Pujols isn’t yet ready to swing a bat but continues to progress as he works with a strength coach http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-tim-beckham-jersey
, general manager Billy Eppler said. The first baseman and designated hitter had season-ending knee surgery in August followed by the elbow procedure in September to remove bone spurs.“I know that he’s getting a lot of his work in,” Eppler said. “We all know the work ethic of him.”Pujols, who turns 39 next month, batted .245 with 19 homers and 64 RBIs playing 117 games in his 18th season. He has 633 career home runs.Two-way star Shohei Ohtani is back home in Japan continuing his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery Oct. 1. The AL Rookie of the Year’s range of motion “is in very good shape,” according to Eppler, and he has full extension and flexion of the right arm.“That’s a little bit ahead of schedule. That doesn’t mean he’s coming back early,” Eppler said. “All it means is that we’re very pleased with it.”Ohtani went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 10 starts as a pitcher. He played 104 games overall as a rookie, hitting .285 with 22 homers and 61 RBIs.Recalling the day the Angels landed Ohtani Anthony Santander Jersey
, Eppler beamed: “That was just a very good day in my professional life.”Eppler provided the updates after getting his voice back. He had been forced to hold some trade talks in a whisper.He lost his voice after picking up a little bug from his 4-year-old son, Xander, when the boy sneezed on a pillow Sunday morning. Eppler wasn’t going to turn down snuggle time before departing for a busy baseball week in Las Vegas.Eppler had improved by Tuesday, completing a series of minor league deals for Los Angeles.Reaching agreements with invitations to big league spring training camp were: outfielders Peter Bourjos, Jarrett Parker, Cesar Puello, right-hander Forrest Snow, catcher Dustin Garneau http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-brach-jersey
, shortstop Wilfredo Tovar and righty reliever Matt Ramsey. NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is opening October by blasting the game’s so-called “unwritten rules.”MLB released an advertisement ahead of Tuesday’s postseason opener denouncing the anti-bat flip attitudes of many baseball traditionalists.“Don’t stop and stare. Don’t flip your bat. Respect the jersey,” says a narrator at the start. Meanwhile, the commercial shows Giancarlo Stanton admiring a lengthy home run, Carlos Correa tossing his bat, Mookie Betts flexing and Yasiel Puig wagging his tongue after a daring headfirst slide.It also includes Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. celebrating a home run against the Marlins. Acuna was plunked by Miami’s Jose Urena during his impressive five-game homer streak this season, an incident that put baseball’s unwritten rules back under the microscope.After Acuna, the ad cuts to Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. Griffey sports a backward baseball cap, just like he did as the fresh face of baseball in the early 1990s.“No more talk Colby Rasmus Jersey
,” Griffey says. “Let the kids play.”The commercial features soundbites from a few broadcasters criticizing players, including one from longtime Turner Sports analyst Joe Simpson. The Braves announcer came under fire a few times this season, including when he labeled Dodgers veteran Chase Utley “unprofessional” for wearing a “K Cancer” T-shirt during batting practice. Simpson was left off TBS’s postseason lineup for this fall, a decision that was made last offseason.Proponents of baseball’s unspoken code of conduct have gone hard after certain players for their postseason antics. Puig is a regular target because of his energetic shenanigans, and slugger Jose Bautista was rebuked for staring down his go-ahead homer in Game 5 of the 2015 AL Division Series.The game’s conservative crowd has gotten increasing pushback from younger players and fans, especially as MLB struggles to target younger viewers. Bryce Harper campaigned in 2016 to “Make Baseball Fun Again,” while some perceive the old-timers to be unfairly forcing Latin players to conform to American cultural standards.