Found August 20, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Albert Pujols, who has been out of action since sustaining a partial tear of the left plantar fascia on July 26, was officially shut down for the rest of the season on Monday. As reported by Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com,  Pujols had been playing with plantar fasciitis on his left foot since the spring and started nearly two-thirds of his games as a designated hitter.  The tear he sustained on July 26 would have kept him out until mid September at the earliest, the same amount of time he would have missed following invasive surgery to correct the problem. Pujols has been working out and feels he will be at about 90 percent in a few weeks, but being that the Angels are out of the playoff hunt, doesn't feel the need to push to come back this year.  He does plan on having a normal off season and come back strong in 2014. "It was not an easy decision, as competitive of a player as I am," Pujols said. "But I also understand wanting to look past this season." Even though Pujols struggled much of last season and has dealt with injuries this season, he wants to play and feels he will be ready for next year, and for many years to come. "I want to be out there and play. It's no fun being on the bench for four hours, but I also understand that it's not only this year -- I have eight more years left and hopefully more." "I feel pretty good. I'm still going to do my activity to get myself ready for next year. At least now I have in my mind that I'm definitely not going to come back this year so I can pace myself knowing I don't have to come back right away." Pujols played in 154 games last season and batted .285 with 30 home runs and 105 runs batted in. Although those are great numbers by most players' standards, it's the lowest seasonal home run output and lowest batting average of his career.  This season, Pujols was limited to 99 games and batted .258 with 17 home runs and 64 runs batted in. For his career, Pujols is a .321 hitter with 492 home runs and 1,498 runs batted in.
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