Albert Pujols to Remain as Designated Hitter

Apr 5, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton (32) and first baseman Albert Pujols (5) on the field before the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Albert Pujols has been the designated hitter for the Angels for four consecutive games now. The slugger may be there longer than the team had hoped dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

Pujols had a two-run double in the Angels’ win on Sunday, but said he felt serious discomfort running to second base.

The team plans on allowing the former-MVP to play through it for as long as he can, but their is no idea for when he will be able to return to his first base duties. Both sides remain optimistic that Pujols will recover over the course of the season, and will return to his every-day position.

“I’m dying. It’s hurting real bad.”

- Albert Pujols to the Los Angeles Times

There is no denying Pujols is in pain; he has openly admitted to it. The Angels plan on trusting their superstar’s pain tolerance though, and allowing him to return at his own pace. While Pujols is known as one of the tough guys of the league, the Angels can not afford to lose him entirely for an extended period of time.

As for now, Pujols will continue to fill the designated hitter’s role in the line-up, and will return in full when the pain decreases.

 

Topics: Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels

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