Found August 03, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Albert Pujols hopes to rejoin the Los Angeles Angels at some point this season. While it’s certainly admirable that he hopes to return, even if the Halo’s chances at the postseason are slim to none at this point. However, it’s best for his long-term interest if the Angels take their time with his recovery and allow his plantar fasciitis to fully heal before he resumes baseball-related activities, so as to avoid aggravating the ailment. Here’s Dr. Ray Solano’s take on the injury and how long the Angels can expect to be without Pujols: "It sounds like Albert Pujols isn't ready to call it a season. As we recently found out, the plantar fascia tear in his foot will not require surgery. This does not mean that his injury is not a serious one. He will receive therapy and likely be restricted to wearing a walking boot for three more weeks. Although Pujols' pain symptoms have probably begun to subside, this by no means indicates that he is baseball ready. Pujols has been vocal about returning to play this season, but only time will tell.  Once the boot comes of, he will undergo a series of baseball specific challenges to evaluate whether or not it is safe to return this season. On average, Pujols' injury can take six weeks to heal. I've personally seen this injury resolve and never again become an issue. However, stepping back onto the field too soon can risk re-aggravating the condition and even compromise the longevity of a baseball athlete’s career. Time is Pujols' biggest ally at this point, even if it calls for taking the remainder of the year off." If you're not already doing so, you need to be following Dr. Solano on Twitter. He's an awesome follow and is willing to answer your sports- and injury-related questions. Follow him at @DrRaySolano! Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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