Pujols on his plantar fasciitis …
Through sporadic parts of the last seven years, Albert Pujols has played through plantar fasciitis on his left foot.
“It comes and goes,” Pujols said.
And recently, the Angels’ first baseman, recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, has dealt with a flare-up. Plantar fasciitis is when the ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes is strained, causing it to become weak, swollen and irritated, according to WebMD. That results in pain when walking or standing, which could be annoying for baseball players.
“It’s nothing that’s going to keep me out of the lineup,” Pujols said, “because I’ve played with it the whole season before.
Pujols says he’s been more aggressive treating plantar fasciitis this spring and is wearing orthotics for the first time. Another treatment is to just cut the ligament via surgery, but Pujols isn’t sure if he’ll have to do that.
The 33-year-old played first base in a game for the first time on Tuesday, is in the lineup as the designated hitter on Wednesday and may return to first base on Thursday.
Asked how his foot feels while playing, Pujols said: “Sore, but nothing really dramatic where I would say, ‘Man, I can’t play, this is too bad.’ Right now, I’m just concentrating on getting my knee strong. I can handle the plantar fasciitis.”
Some other notes …
* Bill Hall says his right quad has healed, but the left calf continues to keep him off the field, relegated to only treatment. Hall received a platelet-rich plasma injection on the calf a couple days ago, which made it feel better but forced him to give it time to heal. Hall hasn’t appeared in a game since Feb. 27, all but guaranteeing he won’t make the team out of Opening Day. The Angels owe him a $100,000 bonus if he isn’t on the active roster by March 26. One very real possibility is that they cut him, then resign him so he starts the season in Triple-A.
* Kevin Jepsen, who hasn’t appeared in a game since March 9 because of tightness in his right triceps, was slated to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday and could return to game action two days later.
* The lineup against the Indians: Trout CF, Kendrick 2B, Pujols DH, Hamilton RF, Trumbo 1B, Callaspo 3B, Wells LF, Iannetta C, Harris SS; Hanson SP.