Angels preparing to start season without Pujols

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels are preparing to start the regular season without injured slugger Albert Pujols.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday the three-time NL MVP is doing some swinging, but still faces a long recovery following November surgery on his right foot.

Scioscia says team doctors expect Pujols won't be ready for the April 4 opener against the Chicago Cubs, although Scioscia wouldn't completely rule it out.

Free-agent pickup Daniel Nava has taken grounders the past couple weeks at their spring training facility and is a candidate to play first base if Pujols starts the season on the disabled list.

The 10-time All-Star was injured in late August and spent most of the last month of the season as the designated hitter.