Angels now sellers with nothing to sell
July, 28, 2013
By Jim Bowden | ESPN.com
Harry How/Getty ImagesPujols is going to fall short of 30 homers for the first time in his 13-year career.A disappointing season got a whole lot worse for the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday when they found out that Albert Pujols is headed to the disabled list with a foot injury that could end his season.
The Angels probably should have dealt with this earlier, as Pujols has been plagued by plantar fasciitis for years, and it was clearly affecting him in spring training. They should have tried to treat it then, even it meant Pujols missing some time.
Instead, he played at 80 percent all season and wasn't all that productive, hitting .258 while grounding into a league-leading 18 double plays. He aggravated the injury on Friday night and will now miss "significant time" in the words of manager Mike Scioscia.
Any hope the Angels had of making a second-half push was predicated on Pujols recapturing his All-Star form, so this certainly changes their outlook with 72 hours to go until the trade deadline. If there was any doubt about the Angels being "sellers" before, it has been removed. Problem is, they have nothing to sell.