Pujols is suffering from plantar fasciitis in his right foot, a common cause of severe heel pain, and results in swelling of the tissue that connects the toes to the heel bone. The pain can range from pain in pushing down on your foot to being unable to stand on it and can often increase in intensity with age.
Pujols had surgery performed on his foot in early December with a timetable to return that remains somewhat unclear at this point. He will definitely miss Spring Training since his recovery time was an estimated four to five months. Depending on how quickly he can get back into shape after his foot has completely healed, he may have to miss the first game of regular season against the Oakland Athletics.
Today, general manager Billy Eppler reported that Pujols started physical therapy. If everything goes according to plan, he would (barely be) cleared to play by the regular season’s start. But keep in mind that Pujols is about to turn 37 and that getting back into the game may take longer than planned.
Since Mike Trout joined the Angels, Pujols’ talents have been placed on the backburner. But Pujols still has a slew of accomplishments in his 16 years in MLB. He is a 10-time All-Star, six-time Silver Slugger, three-time NL MVP, and two-time World Series winner, to name a few.
Pujols has a contract with the Angels through to 2021—he will be 41 by then. Fans still have their fingers crossed, hoping he continues like a good wine, only getting better with age.
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