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Albert Pujols is “hurting real bad”

Apr 21, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

Albert Pujols AP

You’d never know it if you looked at his stats — the Angels’ slugger is hitting .317 with eight extra-base hits — but Albert Pujols has been bothered by plantar fasciitis in his left foot. With another start at DH this afternoon, he has now started more games as the DH (nine) than as the first baseman (eight). Pujols himself admits the injury is bothering him.

“I’m dying,” Pujols said according to Bill Shaikin. “It’s hurting real bad.”

The Angels will continue to use Pujols until he cannot handle the pain anymore.

“You’re always picking at a scab a little bit, when you’re trying to play and trying to run,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Certainly, you don’t want it to regress. He’s swinging the bat real well.

“You want to keep it to where he can still DH and hopefully get him to first base at some point.”

The Angels have used Mark Trumbo at first base when Pujols has been the DH, which should be the case for the foreseeable future.

  1. 13arod - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    i hope his pain goes away angles can’t afford for him to be out of the lineup

    • paperlions - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      You’re just being obtuse.

      • leet793 - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:10 PM

        He’s probably right.

      • handsofsweed - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:14 PM

        He lacks an acute awareness of spelling conventions.

      • awesomenar - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        I think you guys may be going off on a tangent, but give me a sine if I’m wrong.

      • paperlions - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        Might be, I’ll see if I can get someone to verify and cosine this, we’ll give you a wave if it turns out you are right.

      • Kleinz 57 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Well this was just a delightful string of comments to read. Thank you all for this.

  2. onbucky96 - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Karma.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Yes, karma for making a smart financial decision.

      • rythestunner - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:36 AM

        Smart on Pujols’s part, not so much on the Angels’

      • gmsingh - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM

        Sure, as long as you think the players are more important than the fans. There is nothing good about how much money players are making. The price of going to a baseball game has become ridiculous. “The Great American Pastime” has become the pastime for corporations that can afford to pay for the tickets.

      • nategearhart - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        gmsingh, player salaries do not affect ticket prices; demand does. Owners charge what they do because there are enough people who will pay it. If there are not enough people to pay the set price, it gets lowered. Yankees tickets cost way more than Royals tickets because there is a higher demand for Yankees tickets, not because the Yankees’ payroll is higher.

    • carbydrash - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      Yes, it’s karma that he’s suddenly suffering from plantar fasciitis…for the past 7 years.
      Seriously, this isn’t new at all. It comes and goes and is clearly worse enough now to warrant an update, but he’s had plantar fasciitis for a loooong time.

      Also…dude….he signed to a team that offered him a better deal. Get over it.

  3. dwaibel38 - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Now if the Angels can only get some pitching that is actually average, they would be dangerous…

  4. mott7777 - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Dear Angels, thank you!
    Signed,
    St. Louis Cardinals and their fans

    • carbydrash - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      Dear St. Louis Cardinals Fans,

      This has gotten really old.

      Also, Albert Pujols batting average is currently higher than Allen Craig’s slugging percentage…

  5. chill1184 - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Yikes, hopefully Hamilton doesnt go down any time soon

  6. jimatkins - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Teams have been walking Pujols to get to Hamilton. Not what Arte Moreno had in mind.

  7. stlunatik - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Good luck with that injury Al, not really.

    Cardinal Nation

    • hardballtalkusername - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      It’s like Pujols wasn’t the best player in baseball and brought two world series to the Cardinals the way their fans loathe him. Guess what, most people will take the most money when it comes down to it. I doubt Cardinal nation as a whole is an exception. (I expect the usual than why say he wants to be a Cardinal for life). Probably because he did. Than he thought about it and said, I think I’d be happier with an extra $40 million. Again, can’t blame him.

      • paperlions - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:16 PM

        I don’t hate him. I am just indifferent to him. He doesn’t play for my team anymore, so as far as I am concerned, he’s no different than any other player that isn’t on my team.

      • henryd3rd - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:19 AM

        Cardinal fans ought to get over his leaving St. Louis and look at the standings. Their record is far better then the Angels and they are a much more entertaining club to watch right now.

      • gostlcards5 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        I do not hate Albert. I wish him the best, because I think he has been a little unfairly maligned after making the “I want to be a Cardinal for life” statement. I believe that he is still going to surprise people by being good longer than most seem to believe right now with his little rash of injuries and his slow start last year. Most people do not realize that Albert plucked along through injuries year after year in StL.

        Additionally, I have a hard time blaming either side for the way things ended in StL. I feel like he really let it become too personal to him, but I understand why both sides ended up doing what they did. Anyway, he got more $$$….bully for him.

    • Uncle Charlie - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Baseball’s Best Fans…hahaha

  8. woody82986 - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    What do you expect from a 38… I mean… a 33 year old?

    • henryd3rd - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      How many more years left on that contract? And then they stiffed Trumbo while signing Hamilton. Those two contract could hamstring the Angels for a long time.

  9. cardslifer - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    If I were 38 and had that injury I’d be in pain as well.
    And I’m not being sour because I’m a Cardinals fan.
    It’ll I’m saying is the dude isn’t 35 or however old he claims to be.
    Still got 9 more years left on that albatross and that baby is back loaded.
    :)

    • carbydrash - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      Where does the age shit come from again?

      Let’s see…got off to a great start, improbably took his game up a slight notch between the ages of 26 and 29 (with an off year at age 27), and began to decline at age 30.

      In other words, he has aged completely normally. But I realize he’s good, Dominican and you irrationally hate him because you think of a baseball player like he’s your girlfriend who dumped you or something….so he must be lying about his age.

  10. styrofoamdeity - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    I sympathize. From a sports perspective, plantar fasciitis is a really nagging problem. I’m a running coach, and have dealt with it in the past. Generally it clears up after six months, but there is little you can do in the meantime to alleviate the pain every time you put pressure on the foot. Some days are generally better than others, so he’ll probably have a few at bats where it is tolerable, but around that…..well good luck to him. Most of the available treatments don’t do much.

  11. olvera32066 - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    he has the best care in the world. they can tape, ice,heat, massage, cortisone shot,place orthotics, you name it…….but you know what? that is some annoying pain that just doesn’t want to go away……..

  12. cardslifer - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    And btw as a Cardinals fan I think the reason Cardinals fan would like to see Albert fail is the way things went through FA.
    He wanted respect not $. Hmm
    I guess a phone call to offer a contract is respect enough.
    Stl front office offered the best they could without crippling their roster for the next so many years.

    And the funny thing is that all these big market team’s fans think the Cardinals are tight wads.
    Stl is a mid market team with a crappy TV contact unlike that of NY LA Angels and Dodgers.
    People see the Cardinals compete year in and year out and assume they have all the money in the world.
    Get a clue people.

    Can we get some people to post who watch baseball all year long instead of the ignorant people who seem to pop up once playoffs start

    • Dan Camponovo - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      He gave you guys 2 world series and 3 MVP seasons. You guys lowballed him in both years and money, and he realized that a move to the AL, where he could DH toward the end of his career, gave him a legitimate shot at chasing 4000 hits and 700 home runs. He’d have been dumb not to take it.

      • cardslifer - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        Well. Looks like my comment reeled in one of the ignorant people I spoke of in the previous post.

        Let me ask you this. If you were GM of Stl would you of wanted to be the high bidder in this situation?

        If you say yes then your dumber than I thought.

        If you say no, then your being a hypocrite.

        I love how the Cardinals “lowball” players.
        And yes, he did win 2 World Series as a TEAM.
        Albert wants to “win”.
        Cardinals were 1 win away from making it back to the World Series and Mr Respect got a chance to watch some playoff baseball from his couch.

        Call we all just accept the fact that money almost always comes before the want to win.

        If its money you want then say it. Seems like Albert is being portrayed as the victim here. Which is nothing but crap.

        The people who don’t play the game don’t sometimes realize that this is a business.

        And once again, save your posts for the playoffs and hopefully your team isn’t in it so we don’t have to waste our time scrolling to get past your garbage posts.

        Hashtag makes me not feel like a dumb a**

      • fearlessleader - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:13 AM

        Oh, Dan, come on. Pujols didn’t donate those World Series wins; he was handsomely paid (in both dollars and “respect”) to be part of a successful team. The Cards didn’t “lowball” him; they offered him a contract so outrageously large, especially in terms of the team’s total worth, that it would have seriously imperiled the organization’s ability to keep other good players around him. And until Arte swooped in with a seductive phone call and a blank check, the Cards’ offer was the best one on the table by a fair margin (no fair bringing up the Marlins, as theirs was revealed to be lower than first reported and also didn’t include the no-trade clause Albert wanted), and they’d have been bidding against themselves to go any higher.

        Anyway, that “DH[ing] toward the end of his career” thing is happening sooner than later, so perhaps we all got what we wanted.

    • nategearhart - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      The reason Cardinals fans would like to see a person fail is because they are petty, entitled jerks just like everyone else. Cardinals fans aren’t special.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        Really Nate? Wow. Ummm…NO. Again…NO. Your post fails.
        I do NOT want to see anyone fail. In fact, I hope the guy finishes out his career in fine fashion. After all…we are talking about one of the all time greats.
        Again…hope he plays well his entire contract. I appreciate his years of service to the Cardinals organization. So…in a nutshell…your posts pisses me off.

        Paper stated it…but it pretty much sums it up for me.

        “I don’t hate him. I am just indifferent to him. He doesn’t play for my team anymore, so as far as I am concerned, he’s no different than any other player that isn’t on my team.”

      • nategearhart - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        My post was in direct response to one Cardinals fan speaking for all Cardinals fans who want to see Pujols fail. Those were his exact words. I’m aware that not all Cardinals fans want that. But as a “nation”, Cardinal “nation” is no better or different than any other fanbase full of schmucks who take players’ contracts way too personally. If you are the exception, then good for you, and my post is not directed at you. But you are exactly that: the exception. So be pissed all you want, but it should be pretty clear I wasn’t talking about or to you.

      • gostlcards5 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        I feel the same way as stl1b and paper, and I think that you’re painting “Cardinal nation” with a broad brush because of one schmuck. I guess I look at it the opposite way. Every fanbase has schmucks that ruin the persona of that fanbase for everyone else.

        Every time I have been to games (home or away), with my Cardinals gear on, I have never had an issue with the opposing fans. I assume that this has something to do with the way that I treat other fans, and most (yes, I said MOST) Cardinals fans that I have seen and know do the same. Maybe it has to do with where I’m from (rural Midwest), because most of the other fans that I know (primarily Cubs and ChiSox) are the same way.

  13. stlunatik - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    He’s a scum bag who wouldn’t accept what his broke down bodies worth to play for the team that made him a world champ and MVP. Albert didn’t make the Cardinals, they made him and cardinal nation paid his salary. He used to be great before he tripped over his ego and hurt himself. What a waste.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      A scumbag? Really?

      It’s amazing how quickly people go from hero to goat in our society nowadays.

    • rythestunner - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      Actually, without Pujols, it’s unlikely the Cardinals would’ve sniffed the World Series in 2006 OR 2011.

      • cardslifer - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        Sure. And they wouldn’t have either if they didn’t have David Freese, Lance Berkman, Allen Craig, Yadier Molina, Chris Carpenter, Jeff Weaver, Jeff Suppon, David Eckstsein, Adam Wainwright, Jimmy Ballgame, or anyone else who had at least one huge play to contribute to a ring.

        And when someone sets or ties a World Series record I hardly think the championship was won on the back of someone else. (Ie David Freese with 23 or so playoff RBIs).

        But no. Albert carried the team on a minimum wage contract and gave a generic baseball organization two titles during the time he was enslaved.

      • jeffa43 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        Actually … Berkman had a lot more to do with them getting there than Albert.
        With no doubt Berkman & Freese were the two who won the Series with clutch hitting.
        Lance only player to hit 400, and had the best at bat of the series which lead to Freese winning the MVP.

        Albert was such an after thought, they did not sign him.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      A sumbag? Dude…you do realize you are posting on HBT right?
      Specifically, you realize this is NOT Profootballtalk. Right?
      I have not seen you on the site previously. So I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt and just assume you are lost.

  14. password1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    he looks older than they say his age is. I look the same as him, and I’m ‘supposedly’ an ol’ man in baseball compared to him

  15. humanexcrement - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Why am i suddenly picturing Ken Griffey, Jr. in a Cincinnati Reds uniform?

  16. jiminthebay - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    DMSO, its your only hope.

  17. carbydrash - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Sweet loving Christ. Can we stop calling Cardinals fans the “best fans in baseball” and start calling them what they really are: “The whiniest lil’ bitches in baseball”?

    A simple story about Pujols playing through plantar fasciitis…which he has done for years…results in roughly 50 posts of “Fuck him…he dumped me….waahhhhh!!!!….I never liked him anyway!”.

    Jesus people, it’s pathetic.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Who the hell is calling Cardinals fans the best fans in baseball? Seriously. Who?
      Cause’ I have NEVER said. I hate it. I think it’s pretentious as hell. In fact…the only time I hear it is when someone in the media states it. Be it a reporter, a commentator, etc…
      But your “whiniest” reference tells me most of what I need to know.

  18. jbrashorlando - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    As a life long Cardinals fan who’s grandpa played for their minor league teams, and my Dad grew up in St. Louis – you Cards fans on this thread are a disgrace and a shame to call part of Cardinals Nation. Pujols was a true Cardinal hero for over a decade, and now because he took a pay day you act like he’s the AntiChrist. I lived in Wisconsin during the whole Brett Favre drama… Pujols is no Favre. He didn’t go out of his way to sign with a division rival just to stick it to us. He took a financially intelligent offer and meant no malice. SOME of the fault on this Pujols in LA situation DOES reside squarely in the Cardinals front office which didn’t necessarily make a HUGE effort to keep him… Mozeliak started talking life after Pujols halfway through the 2011 season in terms of “if we can’t re-sign him” etc.

    Be glad for the decade of dominance and pride he provided you, and move on. Get over it – and stop being so annoying.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Orlando:
      I appreciate the spirit of your post. Thanks for sharing it.
      However, since you lumped every single Cardinals fan who has posted on this article together I feel obligated to point out their are about TWO OR THREE who fall into your “Cards fans” reference.

      • gostlcards5 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Agreed….as in my aforementioned comment about “schmucks”. I could also call them “asshats” (my favorite word). Every fanbase has at least a few….

  19. haterzinc - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Don’t Blaim albert , Blaim’the MLB. The system gives the national league and small to medium markets no chance to hang with the rest of the league. It’s BS, all other sports all fair, not the MLB. Albert took what was given to him

  20. salvomania - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Another Cardinal fan here who loved Albert as a Cardinal, was sorry to see him go—while realizing it was probably the best thing for both the team and for Pujols—and still roots for him to do well, including tuning in to his ABs on ExtraInnings.

    Albert’s not an idiot—he realized that any long-term contract that afforded him the opportunity to spend time DHing was the way to go. Why not go to Southern California, with a huge Spanish-speaking population and culture, to a frnachise with resources that has shown it’s committed to winning?

    Pujols did nothing wrong.

    He was the best Cardinal player I’ve ever seen, and he was a pleasure to watch, every single game, for 11 seasons as a Cardinal. I’m grateful, as a fan, that “my” team had him. He won 3 MVPs, and the team went to three World Series with him after not getting there for 17 years.

    What kind of fan would not treasure that, nor be grateful to that player, and instead begrudge him his right to move on to the next chapter of his career?

    • jbrashorlando - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      Thank you sir for being a REASONABLE fan.

    • gostlcards5 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      VERY well-stated, salvo….

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      Salvo dropping some logic on that ass!

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