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
"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
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