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Albert Pujols is back at first base tonight for the first time since April 15

Apr 25, 2013, 7:49 PM EST

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Albert Pujols has been limited to designated hitter duties recently due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot, but while it’s been painful to watch him run the bases, he’s apparently feeling some improvement.

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com passes along word that Pujols will play first base tonight against the Mariners for the first time since April 15. The 33-year-old has appeared as the designated hitter in each of his last seven starts and nine out of his last 10. He said earlier this week that serving as the DH gives him the best chance to get over the hump with the foot injury, so the Angels aren’t going to push him. But it’s a positive sign that he’s playing the field again.

Pujols is batting .267/.385/.413 with two home runs, 11 RBI and a .798 OPS through 91 plate appearances this season. He is in the second year of a 10-year, $240 million contract.

  1. bennoj - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Unlikely the M’s will require him to make any plays at first.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      They have been so far :/

  2. cowboysoldiertx - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    I feel for the guy. I mean about his foot. I have the same problem with my right and it hurts like a mother fucker.

  3. jdillydawg - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    How is it that MLB owners never learn? More often than not, every time they drop a huge amount of dough on a player, injuries start to surface or their perfomance starts to lack. Pujols, Hamilton, everybody the Dodgers signed last year, and on and on and on…

    I live in Seattle. I fully expect Felix to have Tommy John surgery next season now that he’s signed his contract. He’ll be rehabbing with Verlander while they count their money.

    What really shocks me is that the White Sox didn’t sign Humber to a multi-year multi-gazillion dollar contract last year after his perfect game. That just seems completely out of character for a ball club!

    It’s hard for me watch owners drop that kind of money on players when the A’s consistently hang near the top because they can identify talent and pay a reasonable price for it.

  4. dcbear90 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    John Mozeliak is a friggin genius. I was one of Albert’s biggest fans. But no way the Cardinals could have absorbed that salary. It would have cost them Yadi and Wainwright.

    Mo made the right call letting him walk

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