Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols will likely miss the rest of the 2013 season with a partial tear of his left plantar fascia. Pujols has been playing with plantar fascitis all season, but aggravated it on a single off Oakland A’s reliever Grant Balfour on Friday night.
Pujols, 33, is in the second year of a ten year contract with the Angels. After a slow start in 2012, Pujols finished with a .285 BA, 30 HR and 105 RBI. In 99 games in 2013, Pujols hit .258 with 17 HR and 64 RBI.
The Angels have arguably been the biggest disappointment in MLB. Entering today’s action, the Angels are 12 games back of the Oakland A’s in the AL West. At this point, it is best for Pujols to rest and look ahead to 2014.
Pujols, who spent his first 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, has a .321 lifetime batting average. He is eight home runs shy of 500 and only two RBI short of 1,500 for his career. Despite this setback, Pujols has an outside shot of becoming MLB’s all time RBI leader. Pujols needs exactly 800 RBI to pass Hank Aaron who finished his Hall of Fame career with 2,297.