Posted July 28, 2013

Albert Pujols could be out for season with ligament tear in foot

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(Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Albert Pujols has battled plantar fasciitis all season, and aggravated the injury on Friday. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

After aggravating the foot injury that has plagued him all season, Albert Pujols was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a partially torn plantar fascia ligament in his left foot.

Pujols has been told that the injury will cause him to miss the rest of the season, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown.

The 33-year-old, who is owed $212 million from 2014 to 2021, has played through plantar fasciitis throughout the year, but had to be removed from Friday’s game after a ninth-inning single.

He returned to Southern California for an MRI and examination on Saturday, according to The Los Angeles Times‘ Mike DiGiovanna.

Pujols’ two options are to either undergo surgery to cut the ligament, which would release tension and relieve inflammation, or receive a cortisone injection and attempt to play, reports DiGiovanna.

He has relegated to a designated hitting role in 65 of his 99 games, hitting a career-low .258 with 17 home runs, 64 RBI and a career-low .767 OPS.

This is just the fourth time Pujols has landed on the DL in his 13-year career.

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34 comments
Mazdajay84
Mazdajay84

the moment he realized he is caught AND at the age of 56, the juice aint workin for him anymore. ADMIT IT POOHOLES

Mazdajay84
Mazdajay84

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH    OMFG HAHAHAAHAHA!!!!!    this is awesome

ineedataxi
ineedataxi

This is the only anchor contract that is worse than Cecil Fielder Jr !!

6marK6
6marK6

The fact that the A's are going to win yet another Western Division title with a combined payroll of 1/3 of that of the Angels is so pleasing. And if the Rays can do the same thing, woo-hoo! Let big money know that there are somethings you can't buy.

meats29
meats29

2014 - Pujols + Hamilton = 40.4 million

2015 - Pujols + Hamilton = 49.4 million

2016 - Pujols + Hamilton = 57.4 million

2017 - Pujols + Hamilton = 58.4 million


Ouch

RCH
RCH

I'm sorry did you say he was owed 212,000,000 between 2014 and 2021?

I'm sure my iPad is mistaken.

6marK6
6marK6

Hey Angels, how has following that Yankees' model worked out for you?

theprodigy73
theprodigy73

Pujols fans better hope he never is linked to anything remotely to ped's.I knew when they signed him,it was a dead weight contract,I would have given pujols the max for 5 years only.He hasn't lived up to his contract and people complain about arod,pujols plays a lame position,he wound up (and will be going forward) a DH,A DH FOR $212???? I am not defending arod but ped's do not make you a better fielder,EVER! Pujols will break down worse than a 1985 yugo GV.

riley8
riley8

Maybe Pujols can start putting his phone number on balls in the dugout and pass em out to hot female fans.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

The Angels better hope Pujols tests positive for PEDs - otherwise they are stuck paying $212 million to a guy who will be hitting .200 with ten home runs in three seasons.

90% of nine figure contracts have proven to be unmitigated disasters - yet I'll bet teams sign at least three more this off season. Idiot owners.

JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

Being a Cardinals'  fan, I still root for Pujols., but I agree with the other posters that long term contracts are totally foolish. I imagine ND is still paying Charlie Weiss. Ten years, based on six games. What stupidity !!

drewstone2
drewstone2

and I thought A-Roid screwed a team the most. I am totally wrong, Sorry Angels fans.

ESPNBoardGOAT
ESPNBoardGOAT

Speedy recover for Big Al.


As for the Angels....LOL

oasis1994
oasis1994

This is why no contract should ever be longer than 5 years. As a Red Sox fan I think the Redroia contract is just as bad.

Having said this, the Angles bid against themselves for Albert and Hamilton. I have no idea why these GMs give guys this much money. Just look at how they performed the previous year down the stretch. Albert was good in the world series, but his overall season saw a decline in numbers. Hamilton was horrible after an amazing first month or two of the season. 

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Billion dollar organizations and 2 cents brains running it !!!

I should not be able to sit in my double extended wing mobile residence and make better decisions than these so call smart G.M.'s . 

I was against the Albert signing, because i believed his best years were behind him and the Angels of "whatever they are calling themselves this week"  would be paying for what Albert did in St Louis and not for what he can do for they Angels. If the signing of Albert was just a big name signing,  then who am i to tell you how to run your organization, BUT if it was strictly for production, you are idiots. 

This is the same way i felt about Hamilton, no one in their right minds would lock Hamilton in for the dollars and the years the Angels did, they were bidding against themselves for a guy who could fall off the wagon anytime. Now the A-Roid first contract was a bit pricey because the Rangers were bidding against themselves, but i did not mind that contract, its the second contract No G.M. IN THEIR RIGHT MIND SHOULD HAVE SIGNED him to the contract they did... steroids aside, there was no way of ever getting your return on the second A-Roid contract and the Yanks deserved to be where they are right now. If you continue to spend like drunken sailors, you will wake up with a lot of regrets the next day  

train805
train805

Ridiculous contract, but the angels had been losing out on big free agents for years, cuz they wouldnt overpay. Last couple years they went crazy with 2 contracts everyone else stayed away from. Tough break though. Pujols has always been a gamer. He always expects to be able to play, and at least put the effort forth to earn his money.

tracejuno
tracejuno

"...who is owed $212 million..."

Still not getting it.

kj4027
kj4027

I guess there was a reason that the Cardinals let this guy walk. Someone realized he was going to start breaking down.

drewstone2
drewstone2

@riley8 if his wife has no problem with that, that would be awesome.

drm166
drm166

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius I think the problem is less the money, and more the age at which teams agree to pay guys. During the steroid era, guys could continue to produce into their late 30's.  Before that, guys started to tail off around 34-35 years old.  We're going to start seeing that happen again, and teams are going to have to learn not to pay guys 25 million dollars when they're 36+ years old. 

John4
John4

@drewstone2 Pujols - plantar fasciitis.  AROD - PED cheat.  You really think anyone has EVER screwed a team more than AROD?  Keep dreaming.  

John4
John4

@drewstone2 No, you are still correct.  AROD's contract was for $275 Million over 10 years, while Pujols' is for $254 Million for 10 years, but when Pujols signed his contract he was about 4 years younger.  Also, AROD is a confessed PED cheat.  No such allegations have ever (accurately and truthfully) been said about Pujols.  So when you compare a PED using (and more expensive, and older) player's contract with Pujols, know for SURE that the one doing the most screwing is the drug cheat.  AROD is what he is.  Sorry for correcting you with accuracy and the truth.  

John4
John4

@oasis1994 Actually, the Pedroia contract is nowhere near as bad.  7 yrs, $100 Mill is about $14 Mill per season.  Pedroia's production merits the contract.  

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

@train805 I'm not sure why The Angels ever thought this contract was a good idea.  Most people knew it was a horrible idea right from the very beginning. 

drewstone2
drewstone2

@John4 @drewstone2 well at least the Yankees got a World Series out of A-Roid, the Angles will be lucky to make the playoffs anytime soon. Your numbers might sound good but Artie Moreno is spending more money than Southern California fans will ever support. When the Angels win ANYTHING with Pujols and the crack-head, aka Josh Hamilton, then let me know!

John4
John4

@KristianColasacco If you go back to when the contract was signed, the Angels were competing against the Cardinals who had offered 9 yrs and $214 Million.  At the time, Pujols was 31 and had started off his career with the best 11 seasons of any player in the last 40 years.  The Angels were thinking "expensive, but worth it".  Now, is he worth it if he can get his plantar fasciitis healed?  I hope so.   

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@John4 @drewstone2   I'm NOT a Yankee fan and I'm most definitely NOT an Arod fan.  But in the 2009 season, Arod did hit 30 HR's and have 100 RBI's while batting .286.  His slugging % was well north of .500 and his OPS was well north of .900.

He batted .455 in the 3 game ALDS series that year. 

He batted .429 in the 6 game ALCS series that year to get them to the world series.

He did only hit .250 in the World Series but he slugged .550% and his OPS was .973% in the World Series.

Whether people like Arod or not, he contributed heavily to their 2009 world series season as well as produced very well overall in the post season as a whole, well over a .300 batting average with great slugging and OPS numbers too.


In the regular season.  Arod had the 2nd most HR's on the team, the 2nd highest on base percentage, and it was over .400, the 2nd highest slugging % and the 2nd highest OPS % on the team that year.  His OPS+ was also the 2nd highest on the team that year.  He has the 2nd most RBI's on the team that year too.

So even though I dislike Arod a lot, he played a large role in the Yankees 2009 season and post season...

drewstone2
drewstone2

@John4 @drewstone2 what?! did you read his book? he admitted to walking down the middle of the highway while high as a kite. Read his book.

drewstone2
drewstone2

Well, the gentleman the Yankees honored today, Hideki Matsui, was the MVP of that World Series, was he not?!

John4
John4

@drewstone2 And I don't think the Angels will ever win a WS with Hamilton on the roster.  Too many strikeouts, too easy to strike out, too little production from the plate, flirts with the "Mendoza Line", bat on the shoulder, he's so frustrating for an Angels fan, and absolutely NOT what we were thinking hen he was signed.   

John4
John4

@drewstone2 Also, we seem to be in agreement with Hamilton.  I don't think he's a crack head, but is simply terrible.  Have you seen him bat (with his bat TERMINALLY ON HIS SHOULDER) vs. lefties?  It's effing pitiful.  Offspeed high inside pitches get him every time.  True his contract is for half of Pujols' total, but is for half the time as well.  (10 years for Pujols and 5 for Hamilton).  But his contract will keep the Angels from being able to sign Mike Trout when he's available to become a free agent.  There is the real cost.  Can't sign a potentially great player because of so much money committed to those who underperform terribly while making $25 Million per year!

John4
John4

@drewstone2 Drew - fair enough.  We seem to agree to agree, but one difference is at least the Yankees got a WS victory out of their overspending.  Do you think the Yankees would have won that WS if they had not signed (or traded for ) AROD in the first place?  I do.  

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

@John4 @KristianColasacco At the time the contract was signed, a lot of people, including myself looked at that contract and thought that he would only be worth it for about 3-4 years of the entire 10 years.  Therefore, "a lot" (as I said) did not think it was a good contract.  It became bad even earlier than I expected.  

There always seems to be a team or teams willing to pay for past performance over the likely trajectory of future performance.  The NFL seems to be the only league actually getting smart the past two seasons about overpaying for fading stars.