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Albert Pujols won’t play in games before mid-March

Feb 20, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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Albert Pujols declined to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic because he’s still recovering from offseason knee surgery and now it turns out he won’t be playing any spring training games for a while either.

Pujols told reporters today that he’s targeting mid-March for his Cactus League debut, which would give him about two weeks to get ready for the season.

Pujols’ knee surgery was called “minor” and there’s no indication that his status for Opening Day is in jeopardy, but four months after going under the knife his recovery is still an issue.

  1. cur68 - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    I was informed on this very blog that José Alberto Pujols Alcántara was in the BSOHL. I take it from this article that this is not so?

    Well. This is a fine how-do-you-do. Is nothing for certain in this crazy world? If you can’t trust the BSOHL List then you can’t trust ANYTHING!

    I DEMAND more stringent testing for BSOHL Status!

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      Very disturbing indeed. Kopy is gonna’ have to update the list to exclude #5.

      • cur68 - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        This can’t be left to amateurs. I’m just going to have to do it for him.

        2013 BSOHL Baseball Club

        J.J. Putz, P – ARI
        Carlos Gomez, OF – MIL
        Trevor Cahill, P – ARI
        Ramon Hernandez, C – COL
        Daisuke Matsuzaka, P – CLE
        Josh Hamilton, OF – LAA
        Homer Bailey, P – CIN
        Mark Prior, P – FA
        Lance Lynn, P – STL
        Vinnie Pestano, P – CLE
        Jhonny Peralta, SS – DET
        Mitch Moreland, 1B/OF – TEX
        Albert Pujols, 1B – LAA
        John Lackey, P – BOS
        CC Sabathia, P – NYY
        Javier Vazquez, P – FA
        Hanley Ramirez, SS/3B – LAD
        Neil Walker, 2B/3B – PIT
        Ryan Howard, 1B/DH – PHI
        Carlos Quentin, OF – SD

      • cur68 - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        aaaannnd strikethrough fail. Speaking of amateurs….

      • historiophiliac - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Should we just make him an alternate then?

    • zipsports - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      He still could be eligible for this team. He may be in great shape but god is telling him to take it easy till mid march. He only does what god tells him to do.

  2. echech88 - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    All the years I’ve gone to spring training the regulars don’t really get playing often until the second week of March anyway. Those early weeks tend to be filled with a lot of minor leaguers who haven’t been re-assigned yet.

    Second half of March is when Albert will be facing actual big league competition so that should be more than enough time for him to get acclimated. No sense risking anything in the most meaningless of the meaningless games.

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      Sure echech. But you are also talking about a guy who always (under every circumstance)…shows up two weeks early. If this early work didn’t benefit him he wouldn’t be so maniacal about out.

  3. losanginsight - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    How many years does Fat Albert have left on his contract? 9
    Rookie GM’s these days….
    Pretty sure he will not be the same player in 2020 with 2 more years at $24mil per.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      But by 2020, $24MM will be league minimum, so he will be a good deal again.

    • losangelesfan - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Nobody is going to be the same in 2020. Why do you care how much Puhols is being paid?

  4. blabidibla - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    It doesn’t matter, Albert always gets off to a fast start….. oh wait….

  5. okwhitefalcon - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    He could start in June and he’ll still have 30 bombs, 100 walks and 100 runs scored.

    • paperlions - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      He’s only had 61 and 53 BBs the last 2 years….so he probably wouldn’t hit the century mark in that category if you included all ST and playoff games. In any case, those numbers still are not $25M/year production.

      • okwhitefalcon - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

        Ya, you’re probably right on the walks although I think he’s “only” (cough, cough) making like 16 mil this year.

      • paperlions - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        I think you are right on the salary….but it comes to $24-25M/per eventually….the last 5 years he gets about $30M/per….I guess there is some “value” to having money deferred from early years to later years.

  6. jeffa43 - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Hmmm… I see a repeat of last year…

    Last year was Alberts worst… Looking like the downward trend will continue.

    Hard time recovering from minor surgery from 4 months ago.. Curious isn’t it ?’
    You know what I am saying, and I don’t have to say it.

    I bet Larussa could tell you. Although he did say big Mac was clean.
    Curious circle I tell ya…

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