After having offseason surgery on his right foot, Albert Pujols' availability for Opening Day was in question. Not only did the future Hall-of-Famer play the first 70 games of the 2016 campaign, he amassed at least 650 plate appearances for the seventh time in eight seasons. Along the way, Pujols fought through ankle and hamstring woes, along with more foot issues, costing him the final five games of the year. Playing in the field for only 28 games helped Pujols while giving him first base fantasy eligibility for another year, possibly his last before he joins the DH-only ranks. At the plate, Pujols had what's become a typical season: excellent contact rate and decent power with a batting average significantly down from his St. Louis years. He had surgery in December to address the plantar fascia in his foot, and may miss some spring training games as a result, but the hope is that he will be ready for Opening Day with the nagging ailment behind him. He's still a source of cheap homers and RBI, so long as Mike Trout hits in front of him.
Pujols (foot) said that he is progressing well, but he will certainly not be ready for the Angels' Cactus League debut and is still questionable for Opening Day, the Orange County Register reports. Pujols -- who wasn't able to run last week -- said that he has been running on an Ultra G treadmill in an effort to reduce the impact on his lower body. He has also been swinging in the cages and reported no soreness afterwords. These are all promising signs after the slugger underwent foot surgery in December. The Angels will likely play it cautious with Pujols and we may not not see much -- if any -- of him in spring training games.
Pujols (foot) says he can do everything but run, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It seems his rehab is still progressing as planned, after undergoing foot surgery back in December, although he still didn't promise that he'd be ready for opening day. Although he seems optimistic, we will have to wait and see as spring training progresses more.
Pujols (foot) is progressing as planned after undergoing surgery in December, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. While it's promising that Pujols hasn't incurred any setbacks while rehabbing his foot, the Angels have yet to say whether or not he's on track to be ready for Opening Day. However, there should be a better indication as to when the 37-year-old slugger will be able to return once spring training rolls around.
Pujols underwent surgery Friday to release his right plantar fascia. In a press release, the Angels said the estimated time to return to play following this procedure is typically four months. That puts Pujols' status for the start of the year in some question, but Pujols is a 10-time All-Star and doesn't need a full spring training to prepare for the regular season. In his age-36 season, Pujols hit .268/.323/.457 with 31 homers, marking his 14th season with 30-plus home runs.
Pujols (foot) has been shut down for the season, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Pujols and the Angels came to a "mutual decision" that he will not play again in 2016 due to the sore foot he has battled recently. Pujols should be back at 100 percent far in advance of next season, when he will seeking home run No. 600 in his career.