Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols underwent surgery on his right foot last week and is not expected to resume baseball activities for the next four and a half months, the team announced Monday.
According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, Pujols had a plantar plate on his right big toe repaired after DHing the last 28 games of the season due to right foot pain.
This timetable would put Pujols’s Opening Day status in jeopardy, with a return some time in March. C.J. Cron will likely take over starting duties at first base should the veteran miss the start of the 2016 season.
In 157 games last season, Pujols hit .244 and posted his first 40-home run season since 2010, when he slugged 42 for the Cardinals. He is owed $165 million over the next six years.
The Angels open the 2016 season on April 4 against the Cubs.
- Kenny Ducey