Pujols may play in WBC
As long as his surgically repaired knee continues to feel good, Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is expected to play for the Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, his agent, Dan Lozano, said.
Pujols underwent a clean-up of his right knee early in the offseason. The procedure was perceived to be minor, and Lozano said in an e-mail Saturday that he “feels great so far.”
Asked if he’ll play for his home country, barring an unforeseen setback, Lozano said: “At this point, yes.”
But Pujols could still test the knee out in Spring Training and opt out if he doesn’t feel totally comfortable. Angels position players report to Tempe, Ariz., on Feb. 15, and players will begin practicing with their corresponding WBC teams in early March.
The Dominican team is in Pool C — along with Venezuela, Spain and Puerto Rico — and will begin first-round play March 7 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Provisional rosters for all 16 WBC teams will be announced Thursday.