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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: ALBERT PUJOLS' STOCK GOING UP AFTER OPTIMISTIC TALK REGARDING FOOT

Los Angeles Angels first baseman/DH Albert Pujols vowed to be ready for Opening Day when he met with reporters on Tuesday as he continues to make very steady progress in his comeback from winter surgery on his foot.  Pujols went under the knife in November to repair a chronic plantar fascia injury in his foot and he has had no setbacks since beginning his rehab with an eye toward being ready to go when the games count.  It was originally reported that Pujols would be out until as late as  May due to the surgery but now the veteran's voice is being joined by others in the Angels front office in speaking optimistically about his April chances.  Of course this can be considered nothing but a big positive for Pujols and his 2016 fantasy baseball value, a value that looked very shaky just a few weeks ago.  As far as the numbers and present ability of Pujols is concerned, he posted what can be said was a very good comeback campaign in 2015 when he reached the 40-home run mark for the first time since 2010.  Alas, Pujols is changing more than a little overall as a hitter as his average finished at a very ugly average of .244.  Pujols' K rate has been steadily climbing the last few years, while his walk rate has headed in the other direction.  Combined together, Pujols is now more of a pure home run specialist than anything at the advanced age of 37.  As we have seen with David Ortiz however, power can be held onto from sluggers as they near 40 and it appears as though Pujols is following his Red Sox counterpart's path.  Obviously this is something to keep tabs on but Pujols can be bumped up a few notches on your cheat sheets as a result of the optimistic outlook.  Still you really just want Pujols in your UTIL or CI slot and not as your starting first baseman at his advanced age. 

 

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