Pujols Continues To Amp Up Progress

Updated: March 3, 2017

It remains unknown at this point in time whether Albert Pujols will be locked and loaded for Opening Day on Monday, April 3 against the Oakland Athletics. In spite of the uncertainty, the future Hall of Famer is continuing to make subtle strides in the health department.

According to what MLB.com writer Maria Guardado reported yesterday, Albert actually took on some running drills in recent memory. Additionally, it is rumored that the slugger also started to take part in some defensive-related drills.

Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register also indicated yesterday that Albert is swinging the bat just fine off both coaches and pitchers. It is encouraging to hear this news, for the Angels will need the veteran’s presence in order to succeed in 2017.

“‘It’s feeling good,’ Pujols said Thursday morning. ‘I’m progressing.’”

Per what Fletcher’s piece discloses, GM Billy Eppler is content with where Albert is at from an overall standpoint. However, Eppler did not quite know a precise day when Pujols’ name will be etched in on a lineup card.

“‘I use the marathon analogy a lot,’ Eppler said. ‘Every marker and every mile in this race, his time is right. He’s making his times. Let him keep running the race.’”

Manager Mike Scioscia also shed some light on the cleanup hitter’s progress in Guardado’s article.

“‘He’s running straight ahead,’ manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday. ‘He ran it yesterday and will continue that pace until he’s 100 percent go and his gait looks good and that he carries over the next day. I think the biggest thing is to see how these guys rebound. He’ll be fine. He’s doing very well.’”

Even if it takes Albert a little bit longer to fully immerse himself into live game action than is preferred, to able to discern that there continues to be progress is a breath of fresh air in every sense of the word.

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