The Los Angeles Angels will be without their prized slugger. As reported by CBS Sports on August 19, the Angels have officially announced that Albert Pujols will miss the rest of the season with plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia.
The news, however, is not surprising since an announcement was made towards the end of July that Pujols would be out a “significant amount of time”. With rest being possibly the only cure for plantar fasciitis, the team has decided it is best to shut Pujols down for the remainder of the season.
The 33-year-old Pujols hasn’t been as dominate as he was before he left St. Louis, but the three-time MVP is still a feared force at the plate and will be once he is healthy again. Before he went down with the injury, he his 17 home runs and knocked in 64 RBI while hitting .258. It hasn’t been the type of production fans have been use to from Pujols.
The Angles signed Pujols to a 10-year, $240 million contract in 2012 and hope to get the best value out of his remaining eight years. Shutting him down now will not cost them as much as losing him for a longer period of time.
If rest doesn’t cure the plantar fasciitis, surgery in the off-season will be a possibility.