There was backlash Friday in response to comments published earlier in the day in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in which Jack Clark accused fellow former Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols of using a performance-enhancing substance early in his career.
Pujols says he’s taking legal action against Clark.
“I am currently in the process of taking legal action against Jack Clark and his employers at WGNU 920-AM,” the injured Los Angeles Angels slugger said a statement Friday night. “I am going to send a message that you cannot act in a reckless manner, like they have, and get away with it.
“If I have to be the athlete to carry the torch and pave the way for other innocent players to see that you can do something about it, I am proud to be that person. I have five young children, and I take being a role model very seriously. The last thing I want is for the fans, and especially the kids out there, to question my reputation and character.”
Clark said Pujols’ former trainer, Chris Mihlfeld, told him 10 years ago, while Clark was a hitting coach with the Dodgers, that he “shot him up.”
Pujols, sidelined by a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot, is in his second season with the Angels after 11 years in St. Louis.
RANGERS ACQUIRE RIOS
The Texas Rangers were interested in Alex Rios before last week’s nonwaiver trading deadline. They really needed him after losing All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz.
Texas acquired the Chicago White Sox right fielder Friday after putting in an earlier waiver claim for Rios, four days after All-Star slugger Cruz was suspended for the final 50 games of the regular season.
The Rangers also got cash while sending the White Sox a player to be named later or cash.
Another benefit for Texas is that Rios is signed for $12.5 million in 2014 with a club option of $13.5 million for 2015. Cruz and David Murphy, another corner outfielder, are both eligible for free agency after the season.
JOHNNY LOGAN DIES AT 86
Johnny Logan, a four-time All-Star shortstop who helped the Milwaukee Braves win the 1957 World Series, has died. He was 86.
The Milwaukee Brewers said Logan died Friday at Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.
In 13 seasons with the Boston and Milwaukee Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates, Logan hit .268 with 93 home runs and 547 RBI. He finished his playing career in Japan in 1964, and later worked as a scout with the Brewers.
INDIANS RECALL CARRASCO
Carlos Carrasco is joining Cleveland’s tired bullpen for an undetermined stay.
With the Indians relievers worn out following a four-game sweep by Detroit, the club recalled Carrasco from Triple-A Columbus on Friday.
Manager Terry Francona said Carrasco was brought up in case the Indians needed a long reliever in the series opener against the Los Angeles Angels or if the game goes extra innings.
It will be Carrasco’s fourth stint with the Indians.
The Twins placed catcher Ryan Doumit on the seven-day disabled list because of a concussion and activated outfielder Josh Willingham from the 15-day DL. … Tigers catcher Alex Avila got medical clearance to play, but was held out of the starting lineup a day after he was hit in the mask by a foul ball and forced to leave the game. … Veteran pitcher Tim Hudson says he plans to return next season from right ankle surgery and hopes he’s still pitching for the Braves. … The Phillies designated outfielder Delmon Young for assignment and made room for former Mariners outfielder Casper Wells, who was claimed off waivers from the White Sox on Thursday. … Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan was off the disabled list and back in the starting lineup.