by Fanball Staff - Fanball.com
Monday, February 21, 2005
Albert Pujols doesn't want to let his sore foot slow him down. The Cardinals' slugger has been battling chronic plantar fasciitis in his left heel since last season, and admitted Sunday that he needs to be careful. "The injury will be in the back of my mind, and I want to be smart about it," Pujols said in an Associated Press report. "If it comes to the point that I am going through the pain that I went through last season, I don't think I can do it. I'll have to take some time off."
Uh oh! Pujols underwent sound wave treatment twice this offseason to help with the pain, but obviously the heel is still an issue or he wouldn't be thinking about it or speculating on whether he'll need to take time off. Unfortunately, the fact that he says he can't go through another season with the kind of pain he endured last year has to negatively affect his fantasy valu
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The quote that Fanball is reporting on was published in an AP article nearly a month ago. Not to say that there isn't anything wrong but I haven't read anything since then. Pujols had the same soundwave therapy on his foot that Magglio had on his knee. It's a little misleading for Fanball to publish that today and not mention the time frame.
Maine has a good swing for a pitcher but on anything that moves, he has no chance. And if it's a fastball, it has to be up in the zone. Basically, the pitcher has to hit his bat. - Mike Pelfrey
As a StLouis fan who watched Pujols ALL last year with the same problem... don't pay any attention to this. Yes, he'll take a couple days off like last year when he played 154 games, but doesn't matter. It didn't affect him last year, won't affect him this year.
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This is old news. Pujols played with this injury last year, and he still had a monster season. More hitters should have injuries like that. What does give me some concern, though, is that he might get some reduced at-bats late in blow-out games and later in the season if St. Louis runs away with the division again. I suspect the team brass will want their superstar to remain as healthy as possible into the offseason and in the future generally.
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