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Albert Pujols aiming to participate in World Baseball Classic but first wants to test his right knee

Jan 13, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

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MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez has the story:

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 cleanup procedure on his right knee in October to alleviate some mild discomfort that he developed near the conclusion of the 2012 regular season. Lozano told Gonzalez on Saturday that his client “feels great so far” but will probably test his knee out at spring camp before officially committing to his native country’s roster for the 2013 WBC.

Pujols, who will turn 33 years old this Wednesday, batted .285/.343/.516 with 30 home runs, 50 doubles and 105 RBI across 670 plate appearances last season for Anaheim. The Angels still owe him $238 million.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    238 million? from a Yankee fan who knows how bad this can turn out…I say goodluck with the next 9 year’s.

  2. losanginsight - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    That contract will look worse than arods in 5 years.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jan 13, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    He is the second best player at his position on the Dominican Republic team.

  4. halohonk - Jan 13, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    What is he nuts! Angels need to step in n put the cabash on that. Risk an injury for this bs exhibition. Save it for the season Albert. This isnt the Olympics.

  5. prov1x - Jan 13, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    And somewhere there is laughter in St Louis.

    • gibbyfan - Jan 14, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      Maybe not laughter but perhaps a sense of the Cards did the right thing, the Angels did a foolish thing and Albert really belonged in St. Louis………….
      My hope is that this kind of thing will lead to restoring sanity to baseball which will be good for the game. Right now there are owners out there who I believe have changed the focus on who has the bigger ego, pocketbook or whatever. But as situations like AROD and AP and other develop just maybe the big shots will seee themselves looking like fools which when combined with those egos might change things in a hurry.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jan 14, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      What Gibby said. I will add…It’s unfortunate he chose to leave.
      He belonged in St. Louis (as Gibby also said).
      After all…he already “made his money.”
      He only cared about “winning championships.”
      But what’s done is done.
      Do I wish him ill will? Of course not. The dude gave his all to the organization for a decade.
      As a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan I sincerely appreciate everything he did.
      So much so…I will be in attendance when they open the season in Cincinnati.
      But he made his bed and now he (and Angels) to lie in it.

      • gibbyfan - Jan 14, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        I pretty much feel the same way—Like you been a life long card fan and saw all the great ones play from Stan Musial onward –The AP/STL thing was very special for both the city and the player and of course the fans but unfortuneatly this is the new reality–I give the Cards a lot of credit for doing everything they could do.

  6. skitd - Jan 14, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    ha ha ha ha ha ha giggle snort, guffaw

  7. unlost1 - Jan 14, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Those idiots got more production out of Mike Trout for the league minimum!

  8. halohonk - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    man you cardinal fans are whiners. if your organization wanted him back thay would have worked something out. they knew his contract was up at the end of the year and waited and left him hangin. didnt even discuss an extension til it was to late. talk about direspect to albert. he still has at least 5 big yrs left in him. look at last yr, did nothing the 1st month and still hit 290/30/100. and thats with no protection around him in the order. now with hamilton. we have the best 3-4 hitters in baseball. hope to see you in the series but looks like a feeway series in so cal.

    • paperlions - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Our 1B was better than your 1B last year….and he will be again this year.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      “and thats with no protection around him in the order. now with hamilton. we have the best 3-4 hitters in baseball.”
      Yeah…like that lineup last year huh?
      You were annointed the Spring Training Champions and stepped on your dicks.

      “Whiners?” Hahaha!
      Again…I am sincerely appreciative of the decade of great baseball he gave the organization. He will go into the HOF wearing a Cardinals hat. As someone else said when he signed with the Angels…the Cardinals got the Beatles. You are getting the later years solo compilations.
      Good luck with that contract Stymie!

  9. marteshoes1326 - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Cardinals fans whiners? Yea, maybe a handful. But you don’t get considered the best fans in baseball by visiting payers without approaching the game with a pragmatic revererance. Every player in baseball including local stars Ryan Howard, Max Scherzer and Mark Buehrle want to play in St. Louis because of the respect the fans show these athletes and the game they play. We had THE greatest role model in baseball, Stan Musial, who hit over .310 for 17 straight years, was on 24 all-star teams and never once got thrown out of a game. Angelhonk–yea, that fits you perfectly. Why don’t you go sit in traffic and think abut that for a while. And while you’re at it, now that baseball will test for HGH during the season, watch how many of your pharmaceutical stars have “off” years.

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