Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/18/14
Entering the season, Los Angeles Angels first baseman and designated hitter Albert Pujols was hoping he would be able to produce closer to his career norms devoid of significant injury and ailment. He was specifically hoping for comfort rather than lingering discomfort in his foot. While Pujols says his case of plantar fasciitis is no worse at this point of the season, it continues to ail him, causing him to tell reporters – including Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com – that he’s not expecting the pain to subside until after the 2013 campaign. "It's been the same," Pujols said in Spanish. "I still feel some pain. I still feel it bothering me a bit. That's something that in the offseason, with time and with rest, hopefully the pain can go away." Pujols continues to debate whether or not he wants to undergo surgery to repair his foot condition. Either way, he’ll wait until after the end of the season before making a final determination. While a procedure is still up for debate, Pujols has come to the realization that he’s going to be dealing with the discomfort for the remainder of the year. It’s something he’s dealt with in sports all the way back to 2003, but all those years of playing through the pain have finally caught up to him. "That's how it is when you've been playing with something nine years," he said. "That's what the doctor told me. He said, 'Look, you've been nine or 10 years playing with this and it gets worse.' It's like if you have an injury in your arm and you keep throwing. What do you think? It's a long year, and it's going to catch up to you. That's what happens." Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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