July 27, 2013 |
OAKLAND - Albert Pujols aggravated the left foot injury that has hampered him all season on his ninth-inning, two-run single Friday night and returned to Southern California on Saturday to be evaluated by a doctor, a setback that could send the Angels slugger to the disabled list. “It's more sore than anything he's dealt with all season,” Manager Mike Scioscia said before Saturday's game against the Oakland Athletics. “We'll get some direction from the doctor and see where he is.” Despite playing all season with painful plantar fasciitis in his foot, a condition that relegated the first baseman to the designated hitter's spot in 65 of the 99 games he's started, Pujols is hitting .258 with 17 home runs and 64 runs batted in. Though Pujols, the team's No. 3 hitter, said the foot didn't feel significantly better after taking four days off for the All-Star break, he did go 12 for 34 (.353)
June 22, 2013 |
The Angels' Albert Pujols went into Saturday's game against Pittsburgh with five multi-hit games in his last seven starts and batting .329 with 16 runs batted in in his last 18 games - numbers that have lifted his season average to .265, the highest it's been in nearly two months. And although June has always been good to Pujols - he has a .328 career average for the month - Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said a big contributing factor in this year's hot streak could be Pujols' ability to deal with the painful plantar fasciitis in his left foot that has limited his ability to run and affected his swing.
June 15, 2013 |
Angel slugger Albert Pujols is beginning to break out of his season-long slump, and Manager Mike Scioscia attributes some of that to Pujols learning how to deal with the painful plantar fasciitis in his left foot. “There's a lot of physical things he's dealing with that he's managing,” Scioscia said. “He feels he can go out and still swing, and he's shown he can.” Pujols started Saturday hitting a season-best .298 in June, with half of his hits going for extra bases.
May 31, 2013 |
A .246 average, .318 on-base percentage, .415 slugging mark, eight homers and 31 runs batted in entering June may be decent numbers for a middling major leaguer. Not for Albert Pujols . Not even close. The Angels first baseman, a three-time National League most valuable player in St. Louis, was not in Friday night's lineup, the second time in 55 games he hasn't started. Manager Mike Scioscia wanted to give Pujols, who has been bothered by plantar fasciitis in his left foot and a sore right knee, a night to recharge.
May 8, 2013 |
HOUSTON - It was about this time last season that Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher was fired, a move that seemed to shake up the team and wake up an offense that underachieved for the first six weeks of 2012. While General Manager Jerry Dipoto wouldn't directly answer a question about the possibility of a similar move in a season in which Manager Mike Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher have come under fire because of the team's 11-21 start, he did not sound like an ax-wielding executive Wednesday.
April 23, 2013 |
Tim Salmon feels Albert Pujols' pain. The former Angels right fielder played most of 1998 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and he does not have to imagine how difficult it is for the current Angels slugger to manage the same condition. "I tell you what, it's misery," said Salmon, who works part time on FS West telecasts of the Angels. "It is absolutely one of the most painful things you'll experience outside of a kidney stone because you're putting all your weight on it, and it feels like you're walking with a nail in your heel.