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Injury risks Pujols' season

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LOS Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols was put on the disabled list Sunday with a tear in his left foot that could end his season.

Manager Mike Scioscia said the star will be sidelined for "a significant amount of time."

Pujols has a partially torn plantar fascia, an injury that has bothered him most of the season. He aggravated it while running out a single in the ninth inning of Friday's 6-4 loss to Oakland.

"This is something that, talking to Albert, has been going on for six or seven years," Scioscia said before the Angels' game against the Athletics. "It's been going on for a long time and he's managed it. This is a big blow to our team right now."

Although surgery seems unlikely, Scioscia didn't rule out the possibility Pujols could be sidelined the rest of the year.

Pujols left the team and returned to Los Angeles Saturday morning for additional testing. That's when the injury was diagnosed.

"We'll just take it one step at a time and see how it goes," Scioscia said.

MVP, who signed a US$240-million, 10-year contract with the Angels as a free agent in December 2011, has served as the club's designated hitter most of the season. Pujols was hitting .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI before reinjuring his foot.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 29, 2013 C5

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