An injury to Los Angeles Angels superstar Albert Pujols has given former Yavapai College Roughrider Kole Calhoun another major league opportunity.
The Angels announced Sunday that a nagging foot injury has sent Pujols to the 15-day disabled list and could end his season. L.A. manager Mike Scioscia told USA Today that Pujols could miss "a significant amount of time."
The designated hitter has a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot, an injury that has bothered him most of the season, which he re-aggravated while running out a single in Friday's ninth inning at Oakland. As a result, Calhoun was called up to the Angels from Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday.
Calhoun, 25, played for the Roughriders on Yavapai's Prescott campus under Sky Smeltzer from 2006-08. In his two years at Yavapai, the Tempe native batted .361 with 32 doubles, 91 RBIs and 19 home runs. He was an honorable mention NJCAA All-American in his sophomore season.
He went on to play at Arizona State after his YC career, and became a co-captain in his senior year.
Called up Sunday to take Pujols' spot on the Angels' roster, Calhoun, playing right field and batting eighth, went 1-for-2 with a run and two walks in the A's' 10-6 win in Oakland in his 2013 debut with the Angels.
It was not Calhoun's MLB debut. He made his debut in May 2012 when he became the ASU program's 100th player in history to reach the big leagues. He had 25 at-bats in 22 games to his MLB credit prior to Sunday.
In 59 games with the AAA Salt Lake Bees this season, Calhoun had batted .354 with 12 home runs and 10 stolen bases.
He was ranked the Angels' #11 prospect after the 2012 season, when he was also rated with the "best outfield arm" in the Angels system.
The Angels' Minor League Player of the Year in 2011, Calhoun was originally drafted in the eighth round (264th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010.