Albert Pujols appears to be out for the season, per the Angels PR Twitter page.
Medical Update:— Angels PR (@LAAngelsPR) August 29, 2018
Albert Pujols underwent successful arthroscopic debridement of his left knee earlier today. Surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. A general timetable to return to playing following this procedure is 6-8 weeks. #Angels
WARNING: I would not recommend searching the term “debridement” on Google and opening up the Wikipedia page.
Pujols was hitting .245/.289/.411/.700 with 19 HR and 64 RBI. His 10 year, $250 million contract runs through 2021.
Pujols made a diving play at first base over the weekend against the Astros. It is unknown whether this contributed to the injury.
As a result, Shohei Ohtani should get regular playing time at DH when not pitching. Furthermore, the odds that Matt Thaiss gets the call-up sometime in September increase.
It will be an interesting September for the Halos; that’s for sure.