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5 Albert Pujols 1B
Height/Weight: 6-3/230 | Birthdate: 1/16/1980 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: Maple Woods (MO) CC | MLB Experience: 14 | Salary: $16,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/99 | Average Draft Position: 53.00
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Albert Pujols dealing with bone bruise in heel


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is dealing with a bone bruise in his left heel, according to the Los Angeles Times

Pujols has been dealing with the injury since the first week of the season, and it's not expected to be serious. He's hitting .279, with five homeruns this year.


Albert Pujols hits another home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols clubbed another home run Friday against the Tigers. 

Pujols doubled in the top of the third for his first hit of the game. With two men on in the top of the sixth, Pujols homered on the first pitch he saw from Luke Putkonen. It was his fifth home run of the year.

Pujols finished the game 2 for 4, with two runs scored and three RBI.


Albert Pujols homers in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols homered for the second straight day Wednesday as part of a 2-for-4 performance in his team's 2-0 win over the Mariners.

Over the last few days, Pujols has flashed some of the talent that earned him a Rookie of the Year award and three MVPs from 2001 through 2009. His two-run homer Wednesday represented the totality of the scoring on either side. Pujols owns a .250/.308/.528 line in 36 at-bats.


Albert Pujols hits first home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit his first home run of the season in the first inning of his team's 5-3 loss to the Mariners Tuesday.

The two-run homer was his only hit on the night, though he did draw two walks in the loss. He owns a .219/.286/.438 in 32 at-bats.


Albert Pujols: 'I'm a first baseman, not a DH'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) Angels slugger and 2013 disappointment Albert Pujols has declared his legs fine and sees himself as primarily a first baseman this season, per the Orange County Register.

"I'm a first baseman, not a DH," he said. He added that he plans on serving as a designated hitter only once or twice a week.

Pujols underwent offseason knee surgery after batting just .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI last season. He was limited to 391 at-bats. His .437 slugging percentage and .330 on-base percentage were career-lows.


Albert Pujols drops weight, feels great


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols reported to camp in good shape, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Pujols reportedly lost seven pounds during the offseason, and looks "lean and muscular." He said both his left foot and right knee feel 100 percent. Pujols was limited by a plantar fascia tear last year, and had offseason surgery on his knee.

Pujols hit .258/.330/.437 in 391 at-bats last season.


Albert Pujols had a 'normal' offseason


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has gone through a "normal" offseason, according to the New York Post

Pujols played in just 99 games last year due to a foot injury. He also had minor knee surgery in October. Despite that, he's been able to hit throughout the entire offseason. Pujols posted a .258/.330/.437 slash line last season before he was shut down.


Mike Scioscia expects Albert Pujols to rebound


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/12/2013) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, who got a clean bill of health earlier in December after missing the final two months of 2013 with a torn plantar fascia, is poised for a bounce-back season, according to manager Mike Scioscia.

"Albert is, he's swinging the bat. He's taking batting practice. He feels very strong physically," Scioscia said. "I think that I really feel that he's going to be the healthiest he's been, certainly from what he's been out here with us, probably a couple of years before that in St. Louis where he was banged up. I think the foot will be a non-issue."

Pujols will go back to playing primarily first base in 2014 after spending most of his time at DH in 2013.


Doctors deem Albert Pujols fully healed


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/9/2013) Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto told the Orange County Register that first baseman Albert Pujols got a clean bill of health in a doctor's visit last week, as his left foot is now completely healed.

Pujols missed more than two months at the end of the season with a partial plantar fascia tear.


Albert Pujols: Foot is '99.9 percent healthy'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2013) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols says that his injured left foot is "99.9 percent healthy," MLB.com reports. Pujols suffered a partial plantar fascia tear in late July and missed the remainder of the season.

"I feel really happy," Pujols said Tuesday on the show "Grandes en los Deportes." "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, who took live batting practice Tuesday, hit .258/.330/.437 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI in 391 at-bats last season, his first with less than 140 games played.


Albert Pujols already swinging a bat


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2013) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has started swinging a bat, according to MLB.com.

Pujols missed the last month and a half due to a left heel injury. He's progressed well, and is on pace to start baseball activities sooner than initially anticipated. Pujols struggled this season, hitting .258/.330/.437 in 391 at-bats. 


Albert Pujols won't return this season


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2013) The Angels have officially shut down first baseman Albert Pujols for the rest of the season due to the partial tear of of the plantar fascia in his left heel he suffered in late July, the Los Angeles Times reports Monday. 

Pujols will take a two-month head start on his rehab now that his season is officially over. With the Angels out of contention, it made no sense for Pujols to rush back. Pujols was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to the injury after hitting .258/.330/.437 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI in 391 at-bats.


Albert Pujols removes walking boot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2013) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols had his walking boot removed Friday and has begun exercising, MLB.com reports. Pujols had a walking boot on for three weeks and has not ruled out a return this season.

"I'm targeting a day and hopefully by that day, I feel good," Pujols said. "When I start hitting and doing more exercise, I think I'll have a pretty good idea. I have a day in my mind, but if it's not that day, then I have to see where it goes from there."


Albert Pujols to remain in walking boot for three weeks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2013) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols will remain in a walking boot for three more weeks as he recovers from his foot injury, at which point he'll have a better determination of whether he'll play again this season, the Los Angeles Times reports.

According to a foot specialist, the recovery time for Pujols' injury is typically six-to-eight weeks but that some players can return in just three weeks.

"Whether it's two games out, 20 games out, if I feel good, ready to play, I'm going to be out there playing," Pujols told the Times Thursday. "I was already playing at 45% this year, so even if I feel 55% then, I can come back and play."

Pujols will not require surgery to repair his plantar fascia after tearing it last week.

"My body heals very well, so I'm praying to God and having faith and hopefully that happens," Pujols said. "Hopefully I'll be out there on the field before you know it."

Pujols is expected to play more first base when he returns after making roughly two-thirds of his appearances as the team's designated hitter.


Albert Pujols not ruling out return this season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2013) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols refuses to rule out a return this season, MLB.com reports. He said that he will not have surgery on his torn plantar fascia, and that the tear in fact helped relieve the pain.

Pujols was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to the injury after hitting .258/.330/.437 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI in 391 at-bats.


Albert Pujols may be done for year


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2013) Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols has been told he's likely done for the season, Yahoo! Sports reports. Pujols was placed on the disabled list Sunday due to a partial tear of his left plantar fascia. Surgery is possible for Pujols, though that hasn't been determined yet. 

Albert Pujols placed on disabled list


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2013) Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols has been officially placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a partial tear of the left plantar fascia in his foot, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

The Angels recalled Kole Calhoun from Triple-A Salt Lake to take his place on the roster. 

There was no immediate word as to how the Angels plan to treat Pujols' injury, though it appears he'll be out for at least several weeks. 


Kole Calhoun ready to take Albert Pujols spot?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2013) Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun was not in the lineup for Triple-A Salt Lake Saturday night, which could be an indication that he'll join the big-league club to take Albert Pujols' roster spot, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Pujols was sent back to Los Angeles for an MRI, after aggravating his plantar fasciitis Friday.

Albert Pujols could be added to disabled list


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2013) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, who did not start Saturday and was sent back to Los Angeles for an MRI, could end up landing on the disabled list, the Orange County Register reports.

Pujols' plantar fasciitis was aggravated Friday and manager Mike Scioscia said it is "sorer than anything he's dealt with this season."

A disabled list decision could come after Pujols is checked out in L.A. He's been playing through the plantar fasciitis issue all season.

The 33-year-old, who is batting .258, has gone 8 for 18 (.444) over the last four games with six RBI. He's hitting .297 in July through 19 games.

Albert Pujols has six RBI in last four games


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2013) Angels first baseman and designated hitter Albert Pujols recorded one hit in five at-bats Friday in a loss at Oakland. Pujols finished 1 for 5 with two RBI.

The two RBI gives Pujols 64 on the season. The 33-year-old, who is batting .258, has gone 8 for 18 (.444) over the last four games with six RBI. He's hitting .297 in July through 19 games.

Albert Pujols turning things around


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2013) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols continues to show some signs of life, as he homered for the third time in six games Friday against the Athletics. Pujols went 2 for 4 in the game, with a solo home run, his 16th of the season.

Pujols is enjoying his finest month of the season in July, with a .273/.347/.500 batting line in 44 at-bats. 


Albert Pujols weighing offseason foot surgery


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2013) Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols is considering offseason foot surgery to fix a plantar fasciitis issue that has hobbled him all year, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Pujols said he didn't want to address the issue fully until the season is over, but he admitted he is "definitely going to try to do something after the season to help me out and not play in that pain I've been playing in." Pujols could be referring to either surgery or an intense rehab program. Plantar fasciitis has been an issue for the 33-year-old for multiple seasons now.

Pujols is hitting .244/.319/.420 on the year.


Albert Pujols not ready to play in field regularly


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2013) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has played in the field just four times in June as he continues to deal with lingering knee and foot issues. Pujols, who has been used regularly at DH, said he would like to be pain-free before playing in the field every day.

"It'd be really selfish for me to be out there in the field, even though I can move around pretty good, but I might be sore the next day and it would affect me," he said, per MLB.com. "I try to not think about what I want. I can still help this club from the offensive side. I can go and play first all year. But is that the best for our ballclub? No. That's how I look at it."

Pujols said playing back-to-back days in the field has taken its toll on his body.

"I feel good every time I play first," Pujols said. "It's two or three times in a row, putting a lot of torque in my heel. If I can, then I'll play. As long as I'm in the lineup, then I'm happy."


Albert Pujols hits game-winner


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2013) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols had the go-ahead hit Thursday against the Tigers. 

In the top of the 10th inning, Pujols doubled home a run to give the Angels a 2-1 lead. Josh Hamilton added a sacrifice fly in the 3-1 win. Pujols was 1 for 4 with a walk.


Albert Pujols finds comfort zone


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2013) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols continues to deal with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, but the veteran slugger is coming around offensively and it's thanks in large part to manager Mike Scioscia getting him off his feet and using him at DH.

Pujols is batting .316 (24 for 76) with five doubles, five home runs and 16 RBI in his last 19 games. He's slugging .579 with a .965 OPS in that span, while making just four starts at first base in June.

"What he has right now is probably more chronic than anything," manager Mike Scioscia said, per MLB.com. "So it's not like he's going to wake up tomorrow and feel great, but I think the times that he does DH, helps keep that health elevated so he is comfortable in the batter's box. I think he's comfortable. ... It's not like he's feeling great now, he's finding a way to work with it."