"It's more sore than anything he's dealt with all season," said
Despite playing with painful
Though Pujols, the team's No. 3 hitter, said the foot didn't feel significantly better after the four-day All-Star break, he did go 12 for 34 (.353) with two homers and seven RBIs in eight games after the break and was heating up at the plate.
Pujols, who has eight years and $212 million left on his 10-year, $240-million contract, had not decided whether to undergo off-season surgery in which the plantar fascia ligament is cut to release tension and relieve inflammation.
If the tendon tore on its own Friday night, surgery might not be necessary, but such an injury would probably sideline Pujols, 33, for the remainder of the season. If the tendon is not torn, Pujols might receive a cortisone injection that would sideline him for four or five days.
Pujols' loss for an extended period would not only put another dent in the team's fading playoff hopes, but it also would remove a powerful right-handed bat from a lineup that is hitting .239 against left-handed pitching and fell to 10-15 against left-handed starters after Saturday's loss to
"We've been struggling against left-handed pitching, but losing a guy like Albert isn't narrowed to just that scope," Scioscia said. "He's the foundation of the lineup, a guy you want to build around."
Pujols has battled plantar fasciitis off and on since 2003, but the condition has never been as painful and persistent as this season.
"I tell you what, it's misery," former Angels right fielder
If Pujols goes on the DL, the Angels will probably recall outfielder Kole Calhoun, who is hitting .354 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs in 59 games with triple-A Salt Lake and was not in Saturday night's lineup, an indication he might have been on his way to Oakland.
The one player who has struggled the most against left-handers this season,