OAKLAND, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols was put on the disabled list Sunday with a tear in his left foot that could end his season.
Manager Mike Scioscia said Pujols, a three-time National League MVP, will be sidelined for “a significant amount of time.”
Pujols has a partially torn plantar fascia. The injury has bothered him most of the season. He aggravated it while running out a single in the ninth inning of Friday’s 6-4 loss to Oakland.
“This is something that, talking to Albert, has been going on for six or seven years,” Scioscia said.
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Although surgery seems unlikely, Scioscia didn’t rule out the possibility that Pujols could be sidelined the rest of the season.
Pujols returned to Los Angeles Saturday for tests. That’s when the injury was diagnosed.
“We’ll just take it one step at a time and see how it goes,” Scioscia said. “But this is not something that’s going to heal in a week or two.”
Pujols signed a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Angels as a free agent in December 2011. He has been the club’s designated hitter most of the season and is hitting .258 with 17 home runs and 64 runs batted in.
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