Found August 02, 2013 on MLB Injury News:

For all the doom and gloom surrounding Albert Pujols, you would have thought he had already undergone surgery on his ailing right foot.  Instead, Pujols actually will not need surgery, and there is a chance he could return to play this season.  He certainly wants to, and we know Pujols is a determined man. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com says Pujols will not have surgery on his plater fascia tear.  Essentially the tear "naturally accomplished what the surgical procedure would have done invasively," says Gonzalez. This is often the case with plantar fascia tears.  They are often thought of as less troublesome than plantar fasciitis.  For Pujols, this means a chance to play again in 2013. He is in a walking boot, and he is nowhere near being able to run or field or hit.  However, with a little more than 50 games left in the season, it's feasible that Pujols could return by September.  The Angels are not in a great position to make a run this year, so they don't need to rush Pujols back, but if they can get him some work by the end of the year, it will benefit him and the fans. Los Angeles is nine games under .500 and 13.5 games back in the division standings.  They have had the worst season in terms of performance to expectations.  The Nationals are a close second.  Pujols has underperformed this season, but he has not been the sole reason for the team's struggles. Pujols is hitting .258/.330/.437 with 17 home runs this season.  It's the worst performance of his Major League career.  A big part of that is because he has been playing with plantar fasciitis all season long.  Had he been healthy, he still may not have had a monster year, but he surely would have had a better season that this. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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