The Angels do not expect Albert Pujols to deal with any extended down time in the wake of minor right knee surgery, a team spokesman said Thursday.
Pujols, 32, underwent an arthroscopic "cleanup" last week in St. Louis, and he has already resumed his offseason conditioning.
The Angels slugger was limited to designated hitter duties for most of the final six weeks of the season. He injured his right calf Aug. 22 in Boston. An MRI exam showed inflammation near the back of his right knee.
After that game, Pujols played just nine games at first base. Manager Mike Scioscia said on a few occasions that Pujols was being slowed by leg problems.
Pujols hit .291 over the final 33 games, but he hit only two homers during that span. For the season, he hit .285 with 30 homers and 105 RBIs.
In the first year of a 10-year, $240 million deal, Pujols saw his numbers continue to decline. He has hit fewer homers and had a lower OPS each of the past three seasons.
Pujols still managed to be one of just 12 players in the majors to hit at least 30 homers and drive in at least 100 runs. He hit .197 with one homer over his first 35 games, but over the next 86 games — until the injury — he hit .320 with 27 homers and a 1.031 OPS.
Pujols back to working out after minor knee surgery
Orange County Register | Oct 19