If there was ever any doubt that Albert Pujols would have a normal offseason, there's this: He's already begun to swing the bat.

Pujols, who will leave for his annual medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic later this week, spent the last two months of the regular season rehabbing from a partial tear of his left plantar fascia, and Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said he's currently "in good shape" and "as prepared as he ever is."

"I know he's swinging the bat already and taking on some baseball activities sooner in the offseason than most guys ever would, and I think that's a normal activity for Albert," Dipoto said. "He swings so much. That's something that he's already doing."

In Year 1 with the Angels, Pujols slumped mightily for the first month and a half and was limited in September because of knee and hamstring issues. In Year 2, he was still recovering from offseason knee surgery and eventually hampered greatly by plantar fasciitis, which cut his season to 99 games and contributed to a career-worst .767 OPS.

But Dipoto always points to the period between mid-May and the start of September 2012, when Pujols was healthy, had shaken off the jitters and posted a Major League-best 1.041 OPS.

That, Dipoto believes, is the Pujols the Angels can expect next season.