Albert Pujols takes BP, declares foot “99.9 percent healthy”

  • David Whitlock
Pujols looks healthy going into 2014 Credit: AP/Tony Gutierrez

Pujols looks healthy going into 2014
Credit: AP/Tony Gutierrez

After a disappointing 2013 season, which ended with only 99 games and 443 at bats before he was shelved with a nagging foot injury, Los Angeles Angels 1B Albert Pujols is back taking batting practice and believes his foot is healed.  According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Pujols has been training in his native Dominican Republic as part of an annual mission trip on behalf of his foundation.  ESPNDeportes Radio spoke with an upbeat Pujols, whose responses seemed to imply he’d be a go for Spring Training if it started tomorrow (via MLB.com):

Pujols said his left foot, which suffered a partial tear of the plantar fascia and put him out for the last two months, is “99.9 percent healthy” and his rehab is going “really good.”

“I feel really happy,” Pujols said in Spanish while on the show “Grandes en los Deportes” on Tuesday. “Last year … it was a really tough year for me physically, in terms of recovering. But now I feel really good, really excellent. With the foot, I feel 99.9 percent healthy. And with my knee, I’m doing my rehab like always. That’s something where you have to keep doing therapy so that something small doesn’t become something bigger.”

Pujols avoided an invasive foot surgery by getting shock wave treatment, leading to what is a much quicker recovery than those who saw him limp around last year might have expected.  According to Pujols (via MLB.com):

“I look back on it positively. If I would’ve done the surgery after the season, I would’ve been out of any baseball activities for four to five months. Since it happened when it did, I had six, seven weeks out. I missed the season, but at least I now feel 100 percent, where I can do the things I want to do to prepare for 2014.”

In his third year in the Anaheim municipality within the Greater Los Angeles area, fans may finally be treated to the guy that owner Arte Moreno $23M (and up) each year for the next seven years.  A healthy Pujols is good for baseball, and could really sway the American League West, in which the Angels have not cracked the top 2 since Pujols arrival.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

2 Responses to Albert Pujols takes BP, declares foot “99.9 percent healthy”

  • As a Cardinal fan I gotta say I am happy to hear Good Ol Number 5 is doing better. If he is healthy he will put on a show and give the fans out West something to cheer. Best of luck to Mr. Pujols and the Angels.

  • David Whitlock

    Great comment, I wish more fans would not vilify their free agent losses.

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