Andrew Heaney

Angels' Albert Pujols proud to have finished strong

Angels' Albert Pujols proud to have finished strong

Shut down for this season’s final weekend, Albert Pujols reflected Friday on his fifth year as an Angel. He was proud to finish with a .268 average, 31 home runs and 119 runs batted in despite plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

“Obviously I wish I could’ve played in the last five games, but with my foot injury, I also understand that I want to have a healthy off-season,” Pujols said. “I don’t want to do something where I have to have surgery again and not get myself ready for spring training. I played for the last month the way I’m feeling right now, but they really don’t want me to, and I don’t want to fight that. And...

81°