Albert Pujols returned to the Los Angeles Angels' lineup Tuesday night with the understanding that he would not push his injured calf too much.
Pujols certainly complied in the sixth inning when he hit his 29th home run of the season and trotted around the bases.
"He can (ease up) and not be at risk running the bases," manager Mike Scioscia said before the game of returning Pujols to action as the designated hitter. "He's at a level where he's comfortable swinging the bat and nursing his way around the bases. He wasn't comfortable -- and neither was our training staff -- with that in Detroit."
Pujols sat out four games, including the three-game weekend series against the Tigers, after injuring his right calf while running the bases Wednesday in Fenway Park.
"It's something that's progressing every day. I think I feel pretty good -- good enough to go out there and play," Pujols said before Tuesday's game. "I felt like that in Detroit, too, but they told me, 'Let's give it a couple of more days, and it should be feeling better.' And here we are today."
Pujols went 2-for-4 in the Angels' 6-5, come-from-behind win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, giving him 10 hits in his past 23 at-bats. The home run was his fifth in the past nine games, 29th of the season and 474th of his career, breaking a tie with Carlos Delgado for 30th place on the all-time list.