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Albert Pujols out significant amount of time, maybe for the season

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

We may have seen the last of Albert Pujols in 2013.
We may have seen the last of Albert Pujols in 2013. (USATSI)

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On the heels of being placed on the disabled list, the news for Angels slugger Albert Pujols has gotten worse. Due to the ongoing issue with plantar fasciitis, Pujols will be out for a significant amount of time, and might not play another game this season, reports Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.

The reason the timetable is uncertain is that the Angels have been told the only remedy for his issue is rest. So there's no real way to know how long Pujols can run pain-free, other than that it's going to be quite a while.

Pujols, 33, is hitting .258/.330/.437 with 17 homers and 64 RBI in 99 games this season. He was still a feared power hitter this season, but also a shell of what he used to be, when he was widely regarded as the best player in baseball for around a decade. Watching the three-time MVP attempt to run at full speed this season was especially painful.

With Pujols out, the Angels have Mark Trumbo at first with Brad Hawpe and Collin Cowgill figuring in at DH.

Starting next season, Pujols has eight years and $212 million left on his monster contract, with a 10-year, $10 million personal services contract kicking in after that.

 
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