Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols underwent surgery on his right plantar fascia Friday, after a conservative approach to his painful injury failed to produce positive results.
The tense ligament bothered him for much of the year, but particularly after August, when he wore orthotics that had not been broken in appropriately. On the tough, deep infield at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, his foot began to radiate pain.
Pujols underwent shockwave therapy Sept. 29 and sat out the final week of the season. He insisted he would not need subsequent surgery, and in November the Angels’ general manager, Billy Eppler, said the same.
“But as some...