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Revere temporarily sidelined with sore knee

Angels outfielder fouled ball off leg in Tuesday's victory
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ANAHEIM -- Ben Revere walked into the Angels clubhouse on Wednesday afternoon sporting a large welt above his left knee, marking the spot where he fouled a ball off his leg during the Halos' 10-1 win over the Rangers on Tuesday night.

Revere said he's still dealing with some soreness, but he expects to be ready to return to action after the inflammation subsides in a couple days. Manager Mike Scioscia said he believes the Angels dodged a bullet with Revere's injury.

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ANAHEIM -- Ben Revere walked into the Angels clubhouse on Wednesday afternoon sporting a large welt above his left knee, marking the spot where he fouled a ball off his leg during the Halos' 10-1 win over the Rangers on Tuesday night.

Revere said he's still dealing with some soreness, but he expects to be ready to return to action after the inflammation subsides in a couple days. Manager Mike Scioscia said he believes the Angels dodged a bullet with Revere's injury.

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"I think it could have been a lot worse if it obviously hit his knee cap," Scioscia said. "We're just going to go day to day with him. He's a little stiff, but he's hanging in there."

Revere initially tried to play through the ailment on Tuesday, but he felt his leg begin to swell when he returned to play left field in the fifth inning and was eventually replaced by Cameron Maybin.

"I got to the outfield, and it just got bigger and bigger and more stiff," Revere said. "I tried to run. It was like, 'No shot.'"

Angels hoping for a normal off-season for Pujols

Albert Pujols became the all-time home run leader among foreign-born players after crushing his 610th home run on Tuesday, but the 37-year-old slugger has not delivered his usual level of production for the Angels this season, batting .231 with a .277 on-base percentage and a .661 OPS, all of which are career-lows.

Still, the Angels are hopeful that Pujols will be able to recapture his form with the help of a normal offseason this year. Pujols has undergone surgery in three of his five offseasons with the Halos, restricting his usual winter regimen.

"There's always been things that he's dealt with, so the training is not what he's been used to," Scioscia said. "But this guy works extraordinarily [hard] on keeping his strength where it needs to be. He does as much as he can, but sometimes the timing of it has truncated some things he likes to do. When our season ends, he'll get right into the swing of what he needs to do. I think it'll have a positive effect on him for next year."

Worth noting

Yunel Escobar (right oblique strain) took grounders, performed agility drills and hit in the batting cages on Tuesday. Scioscia said Escobar could be ready to begin a rehab assignment in a few days.

Troy Scribner will be recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday to start against the Rangers, filling the void in the rotation left by the injured JC Ramirez.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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