Sat, 16 Nov 2013 11:39:36 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (foot) said his left foot is "99.9 percent healthy" and added that his rehab was going "really good."
Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:36:09 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (foot) is progressing well in his rehab and is scheduled to take live batting practice Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:49:36 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (foot) will not need to have surgery on his left heel. He started ramping up his activities two to three weeks ago in case the Angels snuck into the playoffs, but he shut himself down for the year a week ago.
Sat, 24 Aug 2013 13:03:16 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols and former teammate Torii Hunter, now of the Detroit Tigers, reportedly came close to fighting with each other during a team meeting last season. Not long before the meeting, Hunter had a confrontation in the dugout with SP C.J. Wilson. Pujols confronted Hunter during the meeting, unaware that the two players had already settled their differences. Pujols and Hunter exchanged words, with Hunter accusing Pujols of being a bad teammate even when the Angels won because of his tendency to pout if he didn't get any hits. After Pujols told Hunter to shut up, Hunter charged Pujols from the other end of the clubhouse but ended up being restrained by RP LaTroy Hawkins and OF Vernon Wells. Hunter and Pujols eventually settled the dispute and remain friends.
Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:54:21 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (foot) has officially been shut down for the rest of the season.
Fantasy Tip: Owners in non-keeper leagues can drop Pujols if they have not yet.
Fri, 16 Aug 2013 17:00:46 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (foot) is still hoping to return before the end of the season, and he is now out of his walking boot.
Fantasy Tip: If Pujols does make it back, it probably won't be for long enough to make much more of a fantasy impact for your squad. We wouldn't blame you if you dropped him in redraft formats for better options at the corner infield spots.
Fri, 09 Aug 2013 20:56:27 -0700
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (foot) said in a statement that he vehemently denies taking performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) and says he is taking legal action against former Major Leaguer Jack Clark, and his employer, WGNU 920 AM in St. Louis.
Fri, 09 Aug 2013 07:53:27 -0700
Former MLB 1B Jack Clark, who now is an analyst for WGNU 920 AM in St. Louis, said Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols' former trainer, Chris Mihlfeld, told him he used to "shoot him up" in the early 2000s, referring to Pujols. Mihlfeld "had told me what he was doing with 'Poolie' - threw him batting practice, worked him out, shot him up, all that stuff," Clark said. Mihlfeld came under fire in 2006 with his link to RP Jason Grimsley. Pujols denied allegations then. Clark said he consulted Mihlfeld for a nutrition program in 2000, and Mihlfeld suggested steroids. "He had told me he had done that with Pujols, with steroids, and I really never thought too much about it because steroids were really not on my radar screen at that time," Clark said.
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 16:46:40 -0700
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (foot) will not undergo surgery on the partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot, and he's hoping that he can return before the end of the season. Pujols will be in a walking boot for three weeks and will then start to rehab. "But it's still a long way until the season is done, so I don't want to say that I'm done for the season. This is something that I'm going to take day-by-day. The way I feel right now, with no pain, I can say that I can go out there and play. But I need to put that weight on my heel and that's going to take some time. I feel really good, to tell you the truth. I don't feel any pain at all. I think after that tear, it kind of released the pain, which is good," Pujols said.
Fantasy Tip: This probably doesn't change much. If Pujols returns, it'll likely only be for a few weeks at the end of September. Dropping him from your roster is probably the best course of action.
Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:12:27 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (foot) has a torn left plantar fascia and will miss a "significant amount of time," according to manager Mike Scioscia. He's likely out for the remainder of the season. Pujols may not require surgery, as the surgery would cut the plantar fascia to release the pressure. However, he's still unlikely to return this year.
Fantasy Tip: Bad news for Pujols owners that likely took him in the first round of drafts. Cautious owners can DL him, but it's time to cut bait in most leagues. Collin Cowgill figures to see extended playing time in the short term. He has some AL-only value until Peter Bourjos (wrist) returns in a couple of weeks. Kole Calhoun was recalled and hit .354 with 12 homers, 49 RBIs and 10 steals at Triple-A. He struck out 32 times and walked the same amount. He could have some sneaky value in the interim.