LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Angels will continue to use first baseman Albert Pujols as their designated hitter as the slugger continues to deal with plantar fasciitis.
Pujols has played as the team’s designated hitter for four games with the foot inflammation, and he will continue that role for an undisclosed amount of time, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Pujols reported that he felt pain while running the bases after a 2-RBI double in the Angels’ 13-inning, 4-3 win over Detroit on Sunday.
“I’m dying,” Pujols told the Times. “It’s hurting real bad.”
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto did not suggest any type of timeline that Pujols is expected to take up his position at first base.
“There’s not a whole lot anybody can forecast,” Dipoto said. “It’s based on his own tolerance.”
Dipoto did speak on Pujols continuing to play through the discomfort.
“He is particularly tough, mentally and physically,” Dipoto told the newspaper. “He’s handling it as well as you can.”