Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA 10 Months

The Angels plan to ease Albert Pujols into first base action when Cactus League games begin.

"He's not at that point," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "And we wouldn't do it anyway. If he felt great, there's no doubt about getting him in the flow in little bits." Scioscia also noted that once the regular season starts Pujols will play first "on a regular basis." Pujols has said he's completely healthy but the Angels aren't going to waste the 34-year-old's health on exhibition games. Pujols played in just 99 games last season due to a partial tear of his left plantar fascia, so the first baseman will be looking for a bounceback season in 2014.

Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA 10 Months

Albert Pujols dropped seven pounds in the offseason and said Thursday that his knee and foot are 100 percent.

Pujols is hoping to return with a bang in 2014 after being limited to 99 games last summer due to a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot. The 34-year-old first baseman has batted just .275/.338/.485 through his first two seasons with the Angels. He was a .328/.420/.617 hitter in 11 seasons with the Cardinals.

Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA 11 Months

Albert Pujols has enjoyed a normal offseason.

That's the word from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, who adds that Albert has been hitting baseballs since October. Pujols was limited to 99 games in 2013 due to a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot and finished the season with a career-worst .767 OPS. He's aiming to turn things around in a big way in 2014. The Angels still owe the 34-year-old slugger a guaranteed $222 million.

Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA Sep 19 '79

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Monday that Albert Pujols' left foot was deemed 100 percent by doctors last week.

Pujols struggled through 99 games this past season due to a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot, but it's not expected to be an issue for him come spring training. We've likely seen the best of him already, but he could be a nice value in fantasy drafts in 2014. He turns 34 in January.

Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA Aug 27 '79

Albert Pujols said this week that his rehab is going "really good" and declared his injured left foot to be "99.9 percent healthy".

The 33-year-old slugger slashed .258/.330/.437 with 17 homers and 64 RBI in 2013, but was limited to just 99 games after he suffered a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot. Pujols also noted that he is continuing rehab on his surgically repaired right knee and expects to be fully healthy heading into spring training. While he may never get back to his elite status, the injury concerns could actually lead to Pujols being undervalued in next spring's fantasy drafts.

Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA Aug 23 '79

Albert Pujols (foot) is scheduled to begin taking live batting practice on Wednesday.

Pujols is expected to have a clean bill of health heading into the start of spring training next February. The 33-year-old appeared in just 99 games in 2013 and posted a career-worst .258/.330/.437 slash line.

Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA Jul 23 '79

Albert Pujols sued former Cardinal Jack Clark, seeking unspecified damages, for comments Clark made on the radio accusing the three-time NL MVP of using steroids.

The suit states that Pujols' "character and reputation are impeccable and beyond reproach" while Clark is merely "a struggling radio talk show host" who wanted to boost ratings. Clark, who played for the Cardinals from 1985-87, said on August 2 that he knew "for a fact" that Pujols used steroids and PEDs. Clark and co-host Kevin Slaten were fired a week later. "Cutting Clark off at the microphone will not undo the harm to Pujols' reputation caused by Clark," the suit stated.

Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA May 30 '79

The Angels have shut Albert Pujols (foot) down for the remainder of the season.

Pujols had been holding out hope that he could return from the partial tear of his left plantar fascia before the end of the season, but it was never likely to happen. He won't undergo surgery but is expected to be fully healthy by the time spring training rolls around.

Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA May 28 '79

Albert Pujols (foot) is out of a walking boot for the first time in three weeks, and reiterated on Friday that he still hopes to return before the end of the season.

How feasible that hope is, has yet to be determined. With the Angels out of serious contention for the postseason however, there is no incentive to rush the ailing slugger back into the lineup before season's end.

Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA May 21 '79

In a statement released on Friday, Albert Pujols vehemently denies taking performance-enhancing drugs, and says he is taking legal action against Jack Clark and his employer.

Clark, a former MLB player and current radio broadcaster, stated live on the air that he has heard from personal sources that Pujols used performance enhancing drugs during his time with the Cardinals. Surely, more information on this story is bound to come out in the coming days, but the fact that Pujols is taking legal action is a strong statement of his innocence.