Albert Pujols wobbled as he ran Wednesday. It was seen as a sign of progress. Such is life in the Angels' unstable universe.
Pujols, 33, underwent right knee surgery during the offseason. He wasn't cleared to run the bases in a competitive setting until this, the Angels' 17th game of the Cactus League season. And when he reached base -- twice, on a fielder's choice and double -- he moved slowly. Very slowly.
This was Pujols' fourth game overall, but his first without the benefit of a courtesy runner -- a concept I hadn't witnessed in a major league setting since John Goodman's portrayal of "The Babe."
"I'm fine, doing good, progressing, sticking with the game plan," Pujols said after going 1-for-3 in the Angels' 8-6 loss to San Diego.
And here is where the worry begins: Is this spring an anomaly, the outlier in a generally healthy career, a one-time hardship related to the knee surgery? Or is this a harbinger of compromised...