With health being a major concern, the Los Angeles Angels have to ensure that all of their players are ready and healthy for 2017.
Sep 23, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols (5) runs on a double during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The Los Angeles Angels announced that Albert Pujols underwent foot surgery to amend his right plantar fascia.
This is an injury that Pujols played with during the 2016 season, making him one tough son-of-a-gun. Although, Pujols had a stellar 2016 campaign. His slash line was a solid .286/.323/.457.
Even if you take away the 31 homers and 119 RBI’s Pujols still does a ton for this Halo team. His veteran leadership and playoff experience is a huge plus for the Angels. A Team where Mike Trout has barely tasted the forbidden fruit that is the postseason.
Pujols’ injury isn’t a serious deal. There’s no reason to suspect he’ll miss any extended time. His recovery time is four months according to the Los Angeles Angels. We can fully expect Pujols to DH again next season and continue chasing the home run records.
If all goes as planned, Pujols will be ready for Opening Day. The Angels will need his offense in order to have a chance to compete for a division title and a playoff appearance.
The Angels rely too much on the offense of Pujols and Trout for any and all success. This could be problematic if Pujols has any setbacks during his recovery.
Currently, the Angels are looking to make minor tweaks to the roster during the Winter Meetings. Hopefully, they can continue to build the bullpen and grab the everyday second baseman they’ve been looking for.
I would expect for the Los Angeles Angels to be better next season; however, there’s been a couple of rumors that are of major concern. For example, the Houston Astros were linked to Edwin Encarnacion. If the Astros pull off that deal, they’ll have Carlos Beltran along with Encarnacion. This will make the Angels uphill climb, a little more difficult in the AL West.