An already tumultuous season looks as though it is about to get a whole lot rougher for the Los Angeles Angels, as Albert Pujols is reportedly done for the season.
On Sunday, the team announced via Twitter that Pujols was being placed on the 15-day disabled list:
Today the club placed A. Pujols on the 15 Day DL (retro to 7/27) with a partial tear of the left plantar fascia.— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 28, 2013
But according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, manager Mike Scioscia feared Pujols would miss a substantial amount of time:
#Angels MGR Mike Scioscia said DH Albert Pujols will be out "for a significant amount of time."— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) July 28, 2013
How substantial? Well, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports is reporting the 33-year-old will likely miss the remainder of the season:
Source: Pujols has been told he's likely done for the season. Surgery possible, but undetermined.— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) July 28, 2013
Pujols had been battling through the injury for much of the season and appeared to aggravate it on Friday night against the Oakland Athletics. Clearly not himself for most of the campaign, Pujols has seen his numbers decline from years past. Prior to going on the DL, the slugger was hitting just .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI.
Hardly shabby numbers, of course, but they are not up to the lofty standards Pujols has set in his Hall of Fame career.
It's been a struggle for Pujols since he signed with the Angels last year. He started out slowly in 2012 before getting hot in the second half of the season, hitting 30 home runs and totaling 105 RBI. His early-season scuffles continued into this year as well, though injury issues almost certainly played a role this time around.
His struggles have reflected that of the Angels in general, as the team is currently 48-54 and 12 games back in the American League West behind the Athletics, and 8.5 games back in the wild-card race.
For all of the money the Angels have spent in the past two offseasons to bring aboard players like Pujols, C.J. Wilson and Josh Hamilton, it appears as though the team will once again miss the postseason.