Albert Pujols has started the past 11 games at DH because of foot issues. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols is batting .244 with 13 homers with 49 RBIs and a .736 OPS in 83 games this season and has not even come close to the production he has been known for over the past decade.
Pujols has been dealing with plantar fascilitis, which is a painful inflammation of tissue on the bottom of his foot. The injury has caused him to start 52 games at designated hitter and only 31 at first base. He says he is tired of playing in pain and was asked if he plans to have offseason surgery to correct the issue.
"When we get to that point, we'll talk about it," Pujols said Thursday.
Surgery would release the affected tissue, allowing for free movement.
"I'm definitely going to try to do something after the season to help me out and not play in that pain I've been playing in," Pujols told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, via the Los Angeles Times. He added: "There's no doubt that I'll be a full-time first baseman next year."SI WIRE: Defiant A-Rod rips detractors, says 'I refuse to quit'