Angels’ Albert Pujols Will Play Spring Games in March

Los Angeles Angels’ superstar first baseman Albert Pujols will begin really testing his surgically repaired right knee within a few more days. Associated Press reports that Pujols will ease into Spring Training workouts gradually after a successful rehabilitation program but not play in any Spring Training games right away.
ESPNMLB tweeted that Pujols has started his workouts.

Pujols had arthroscopic surgery to clean out his right knee in October. He ended 2012 by hitting .283 with only one home run and 13 RBI in September but still finished with 30 home runs and 105 RBI even after a very poor April. Pujols attributes his low production from late August on to his injured knee. Said Pujols, “Everyone knows that a week after the season [I] needed to have a little cleanup to my right knee. You saw how I played the last six or seven weeks of the season. I was in a lot of pain. Everything's good, I rehabbed really well…. My goal is to be ready for opening day.

Pujols will likely miss the first two weeks of Spring Training games, which begin on February 23. He should begin playing in early to mid-March. Pujols will have 2012 Rookie of the Year Mike Trout and newly-signed Josh Hamilton ahead of him in the batting order, making up one of the most powerful offenses in all of baseball.

Sources:
Associated Press, Albert Pujols to Start Drills Soon, espn.go.com, February 15, 2013.
ESPNMLB, Twitter Message, February 14, 2013.
Los Angeles Angels, Albert Pujols Player Page, angels.mlb.com.

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