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Pujols hopes to test surgically-repaired knee soon

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Albert Pujols had surgery in October on his right knee but expects to be ready for Opening Day.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols hopes to begin agility drills and light running in a couple of days to test his surgically repaired right knee.

Pujols underwent arthroscopic surgery on the knee in October, what he considered a minor cleanup procedure, but says he will ease into spring training with the hopes of being fully healthy for opening day. There's no reason to rush things in mid-February with the season nearly two months away.

Pujols struggled early last season and hit .285 with 30 homers and 105 RBIs in his first season with the Angels after leaving the St. Louis Cardinals on a $240 million, 10-year deal.

The three-time NL MVP has begun hitting and fielding groundballs. The Angels' first full-squad spring workout is Friday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

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