Slugger Albert Pujols has surgery on his right foot, out four months

November 9, 2015

The Angels and General Manager Billy Eppler announced Monday that first baseman Albert Pujols underwent a surgical procedure last week to repair the planter plate in his right foot.   The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“The surgery, as expected, went very well,” said Eppler.  “Albert will continue rehabbing in the Kansas City area throughout the winter and is expected to resume full baseball activities in four-and-a-half months.”

Pujols, 35, has been plagued by injuries since signing his big free agent deal with the Angels several seasons ago.  Nevertheless, he has often played through those nagging injuries, and last year finished his 15th Major League season recording a .244 average (147/602) with 40 HR and 95 RBI in 157 games played.

Pujols' power and production last season gave star Mike Trout good protection in the lineup, and provided the Angels with a powerful 1-2 punch at the heart of their batting order.

One of three Angels selected to the American League All-Star team (Mike Trout and Hector Santiago), Pujols reached 40-plus home runs for the seventh time in his career, and first as an Angel.

During the 2015 campaign, Pujols reached the 90-RBI mark for the 14th time during his career, becoming the fourth player all-time with at least 14 such campaigns, joining Hank Aaron (16 times), Babe Ruth (14), and Alex Rodriguez (14).  He is the first player to do so in his first 15 seasons.

Pujols will enter his 16th Major League season with a career average of .312 (2666/8545) in 2,274 games, along with 560 home runs and 1,698 RBI.

By Staff of and news services

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