Albert Pujols isn't ready to wrap up his season with the Los Angeles Angels.
The $240 million first baseman says he wants to return from his partially torn plantar fascia when he is healthy, no matter where his struggling club sits in the standings.
Pujols said Thursday his injured left foot is feeling much better after a few days of rest, and he won't need surgery.
Although he will be in a walking boot for another three weeks, he hopes to return when he is cleared.
He says it won't matter even if the season is essentially over for the Angels (48-58), who have lost six straight.
Pujols says he was playing at 45 percent effectiveness last week. He is batting .258 with 17 homers and 64 RBIs in 99 games.