Pujols getting left foot evaluated …
Albert Pujols was out of the Angels’ lineup and back in Southern California for Saturday’s game against the Athletics, getting his nagging left foot evaluated after aggravating it during Friday’s ninth-inning at-bat.
Asked if Pujols’ absence will extend longer than one day, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said: “We’ll see.”
In Pujols’ absence, Mike Trout batted third for the first time in his career.
“It’s sorer than anything he’s dealt with or he’s been playing through,” Scioscia said. “We’ll just see what happens.”
Pujols has been dealing with plantar fasciitis on his left foot all season, but up until now, it had been manageable. The 33-year-old right-handed slugger had started 65 of his 99 games at designated hitter and found a way to produce despite being in obvious pain, posting a .258/.330/.437 slash line with 17 homers and 64 RBIs.
Since the four-day All-Star break, Pujols has gone 12-for-34 with a couple of homers, but he said prior to Friday’s game that his foot hadn’t been feeling any better.
“It’s been the same,” Pujols said, before suffering more pain after a two-out, two-run single against Grant Balfour. “I still feel some pain. I still feel it bothering me a bit. That’s something that in the offseason, with time and with rest, hopefully the pain can go away.”
Scioscia wouldn’t go into specifics of what Pujols is going through. What’s common in athletes dealing with plantar fasciitis is that the inflamed ligament snaps, which would ease the tension and disregard the need for surgery but would also sideline someone for a while.
The Angels will wait on word from team doctors before making the next step.
“He’s the foundation of your lineup and you want to build around him,” Scioscia said of Pujols. “We’ll shift Mike into the three hole and see where Albert is.”
Here’s the Angels lineup against left-hander Tommy Milone …
J.B. Shuck, LF
Collin Cowgill, RF
Mike Trout, CF
Mark Trumbo, 1B
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Josh Hamilton, DH
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Chris Iannetta, C
Erick Aybar, SS