Albert Pujols Injury: Updates on Angels Star's Recovery from Foot Surgery

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 3: Albert Pujols #5 and Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after being stranded during the seventh inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 3, 2015 in Arlington, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is recovering from offseason foot surgery and has returned to the lineup as he hopes to be in game shape for the 2016 season.

Continue for updates.

Pujols in Lineup vs. Royals 

Sunday, March 6

The Angels announced Pujols will serve as the designated hitter and bat fourth against Kansas City.

Pujols Comments on Recovery, Position in 2016

Tuesday, Feb. 23

According to the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher, Pujols' "goal is to be ready for Opening Day." He also said he isn't sure about playing first base this season.

"I would love to play 1B, but I can't be selfish," Pujols told reporters.

Pujols Continues to Be Effective Despite Decline

Even at the age of 36, Pujols has remained productive. Despite hitting just .244 last season, he still ripped 40 home runs and 95 RBI. It was his most home runs since 2010, though it was just the second time in his 15-year career he failed to reach the 100-RBI plateau.

Pujols' one-dimensional power numbers from the plate in 2015 were perhaps partly the result of a plantar fascia injury he played through for much of the season and which required the aforementioned surgery in November.

Pujols remains one of the most prominent power hitters of his generation, evidenced by his long list of awards and accolades that includes three National League MVPs, 10 All-Star Game appearances, the 2001 Rookie of the Year Award, the batting title in 2003, two Gold Gloves and six Silver Slugger Awards.

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Between 2005-10, he finished with the best WAR among National League position players each season, per

While he isn't quite the dominant force he was during his time with the St. Louis Cardinals, he's paired with Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun to give the Angels a solid trio of power hitters in the middle of the lineup.